Maties end seven-year Varsity Cup drought

17 April 2018 - 11:08 By Craig Ray
The University of Stellenbosch, also known as Maties, celebrate during the FNB Varsity Cup Final match after beating North West University in the final at Danie Craven Stadium on March 16, 2018 in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
The University of Stellenbosch, also known as Maties, celebrate during the FNB Varsity Cup Final match after beating North West University in the final at Danie Craven Stadium on March 16, 2018 in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Image: Carl Fourie/Gallo Images

The Stormers are struggling and Western Province Rugby is on shaky financial ground‚ but the University of Stellenbosch (Maties) remains a source of pride in the region.

Maties claimed a record fourth Varsity Cup title at the Danie Craven Stadium on Monday night with an emphatic 40-7 win over the North West University (NWU Pukke).

The maroon machine went through the campaign unbeaten‚ by winning six pool matches and drawing two – against Wits University and Monday’s vanquished opponents NWU Pukke – during the regular season.

Former Cheetahs assistant coach and Griquas head coach Hawies Fourie guided the students to their first title in seven years while also avoiding a third consecutive final loss.

Winning has been a long time coming for the men from Stellenbosch‚ who won the first three editions of the tournament between 2008-2010 but had lost four finals before Monday.

They scored four tries on the night‚ including a seven-point try (the competition awards extra points for tries scored from long range) and were awarded a penalty try in the first half.

The home team only led 10-7 at the break but ramped up the pressure in the second half as their dominant pack took control.


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