UJ outmuscle spirited Madibaz side

CHARGING THROUGH: NMMU’s CJ Velleman during their Varsity Cup match against UJ at the NMMU Stadium in Port Elizabeth last night WITBOOI
CHARGING THROUGH: NMMU’s CJ Velleman during their Varsity Cup match against UJ at the NMMU Stadium in Port Elizabeth last night WITBOOI

HOPES that the Madibaz could reach the semifinals of the Varsity Cup were dealt a hammer blow last night when they crashed to a heavy 42-13 defeat against the University of Johannesburg (UJ) at the NMMU campus.

After slumping to two defeats in their opening three matches, the Madibaz knew that a win was vital if they planned to reach the knockout stage.

The Madibaz made the perfect start when the hard-running CJ Velleman burst through the UJ defence to score the first try of the game after only two minutes and raise the hopes of the home crowd.

The well-drilled UJ outfit hit back almost immediately when No 8 Dylan Peterson crashed over the tryline after the visitors had taken the ball through several phases.

In the 13th minute, UJ were over for their second try when they launched a counterattack, which resulted in a try for Robert de Bruyn on a windy evening.

The Madibaz then enjoyed a sustained spell of pressure, but were unable to turn their territorial advantage into points.

-George Byron

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