FNB UJ recorded the biggest-ever Varsity Cup victory in the five-year history of the tournament, as they beat the FNB TUT Vikings by a whopping 93-0 in Round Five action in Johannesburg on Monday evening.
Aside from UJ's record-breaking 12-try romp - which included a 33-point haul for Worsie Kotze and four tries for fellow Namibian RWC star Chrysander Botha, there were also fifth-round wins for the FNB Maties and FNB UP-Tuks, whilst FNB UCT and FNB NWU-Pukke played out to a dramatic 29-29 draw.
The Ikeys had led by 29-13 with less then 10 minutes remaining in Cape Town, but the Men from Potchefstroom scored two tries to come away with a draw - probably putting an end to UCT's semifinal aspirations in the process.
The Maties converted a solid enough 18-0 halftime lead into a 42-26 victory over NMMU in PE - the Madibaz outscoring them 26-14 in the second half - whilst Tuks kept up with the log-leading Men in Maroon, and UJ, with a comfortable enough 48-18 win over an injury-hit Shimlas team. Tuks led 24-10 at halftime, scoring three tries in each half.
As things stand now, UCT - the defending champions - are in sixth place on the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International log with nine points from five matches.
The FNB Madibaz are a point ahead on 10, with Pukke on 14 points, UP-Tuks on 20 points, UJ on 20 points (ahead of Tuks on points' difference), with the unbeaten Maties in first position on the log with 22 points. Shimlas are in seventh place on six points, with TUT on zero log points in eighth position.
With TUT the obvious contenders for automatic relegation at this stage (with the winning Varsity Shield side gaining automatic promotion), one of Shimlas, UCT or the Madibaz could still be forced to play in the promotion/relegation game against the team that loses in the Varsity Shield Final.
Shimlas still have to play against TUT, a game they should win, and NWU-Pukke, with UCT set to travel to Stellenbosch next week to take on the Maties before finishing their league campaign against Tuks on March 19. The Madibaz face TUT in the final round of league action, with a Round Six assignment in Pretoria (to take on Tuks) next on their agenda.
* Meanwhile, there was also a stalemate in Varsity Shield action as FNB Fort Hare and FNB Wits played out a thrilling 10-10 draw in a highly physical encounter in Alice. Defending champions FNB CUT demolished the FNB UKZN Impis by 42-4 in Bloemfontein.
* In Varsity Young Guns action it took an incredible fightback from FNB UP-Tuks' Under-20s to claim a 36-33 victory over the FNB UFS Under-20s.
* Finally, in Steinhoff Koshuisrugby Championships action, defending champions Steinhoff Patria (from NWU-Pukke) went down 25-28 to a determined Steinhoff Cobras (from UCT) in Cape Town. In other Koshuis action, a dominant Steinhoff Vishuis side inflicted a 26-18 defeat on Steinhoff Mopanie.