Western Cape derby takes centre stage in Round 6 of Varsity Cup

Maties come off a tough 30-30 draw away at Wits after conceding a seven-point try in the dying moments.

Maties players lineup before a Varsity Cup game. Picture: @varsitycup/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG – It is first against third when Maties host Ikeys at 7pm on Monday evening at the Danie Craven Stadium. The boys from Stellenbosch will be hoping to keep their undefeated record this season intact when they host their University of Cape Town counterparts.

Maties come off a tough 30-30 draw away at Wits after conceding a seven-point try in the dying moments. Despite the draw, Maties remain at the summit of the table courtesy of three bonus points helping them to 22 points. Ikeys are two places back, below Wits on 16 points after losing 2 of their first five games this season. In their last outing, Ikeys ran out easy 23-13 winners over Tuks.

Before that however, Wits have the chance to put pressure on both the Western Cape sides when they take on CUT 30 minutes earlier. CUT should be well rested after a bye had the boys from Bloemfontein out of action in round five.

Their last outing was a rather embarrassing one, getting hammered by log-leaders Maties 75-12. Wits – who’ll have a bye next week – will be hoping for a victory. If not for the team, perhaps for the fans who would like to be treated to another exciting post-match interview by captain Constant Beckerling.

In the other 6:30pm kick-off on Monday evening, the boys from UJ take on the Madibaz. The hosts come off a win against Shimlas – who have a bye this week - 49-12 in the Free State. The boys from the Eastern Cape however, had a week to forget in their previous outing, going down 37-5 at home to NWU with Siphumelele Msutwana getting the consolation points for Madibaz, who currently sit second from bottom.

Staying at the bottom of the table, Tuks host NWU at home in the 4:30pm kick-off. The defending champions have had a disastrous campaign thus far and, captain Denzel Hill will have to motivate his boys to put on a strong fight against a team coming off a 37-5 victory. A win for NWU could move them up into third if results around them go their way.

With the semi-final rounds approaching in just over three weeks, every game is important for those chasing cup glory whilst other teams are looking to save face.