Slick Shimlas send Maties packing to reach final

 Maties crashed out of contention for the Varsity Cup title after slumping to a 38-24 defeat against Shimlas at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch on Monday.

SEMI-FINAL RECAP: MATIES 24-38 SHIMLAS

The visitors from Bloemfontein were more accurate in their execution by outscoring the home side by five tries to four in ideal weather conditions.  

Shimlas dominated the first quarter of the game with their forwards and backs combining well to score two tries within the first 20 minutes of the game for a 12-0 lead. 

The home side’s pack started to assert themselves up front after being on the receiving end of some harsh from head coach Kabama Floors during the strategy break after 20 minutes, which is one of the Varsity Cup’s many on-field innovations.

Maties crossed for two tries of their own, one either wide of the half-time break, but a penalty and a two more tries extended Shimlas’ lead to 29-12 to just about put the game — and with that a place in the Varsity Cup final — outside of the home side’s grasp.

But as expected, the Maroon Machine didn’t go down without a fight. They showed great character by scoring twice in the final 15 minutes of the Varsity Cup semi-final. But their defence let them down once again by conceding a fifth try to the visitors to wrap up the result and secure a place in the final.

VARSITY CUP SCORERS AND TEAMS

Shimlas 38 (12) – Tries: Michael Annies, Asanda Kunene (2), Cornelius Volschenk, Zane Bester. Conversions: Ethan Wentzel (2). Penalties: Ethan Wentzel.  
Maties 24 (7) – Tries: Matthys Kitshoff, Ezekiel Ngobeni, Aydon Topley, Ammaar Burton.  Conversions: Juan Mostert (2). 

 Varsity Cup Player That Rocks: Asanda Kunene (Shimlas)  

Shimlas: Ntokozo Hlophe, Liyema Mgwigwi, Francisco Dos Reis, Reinier Juan Martin Viljoen, John Raymond Stopforth, Sobe Siyambuka Nakhane Ningiza, Pierre-Raymond Freddie Uys, Kwezi Dlamini, Jandre Nel, Ethan SJ Wentzel, Asanda Sihle Kunene, Gideon Jooste Nel, Zane Bester, Siviwe Zondani, Michael Jnr Kurt Annies. 

Maties: Prince Rotondwa Mulea, Siyasanga Ngubelanga, Friedrich Cornelius Weilbach, Matthys Jacobus Bernardus Kitshoff, Matthew Andrew Gray, Fortune Ntokozo Mpofu, Jacobus Adriaan Louw Nel, Dewet Marais, McKyle Volmoer, Juan Mostert, Ezekiel Mzamane Ngobeni, Aydon Colin Topley, Ryan Marcus Manuel, Louis Johannes Du Preez, Hofmeyr Gideon Retief. 

Shimlas celebrate their semi-final win over Maties. Image: Varsity Cup.