It’s billed as Rugby That Rocks but, as mentioned last week, declining crowd numbers at games – for which television coverage was blamed, wrongly, we think – organisers have scheduled all games to kick-off at 7pm. Sadly, that means that we can only watch one match per week and don’t get to choose which one.
In any event, after only the second round of FNB Varsity Cup 2020, the table is beginning to adopt a nice feel to it with Tuks, Wits, Ikeys and Maties occupying the top four spots. And that’s despite the fact that Stellenbosch University’s Maties had a bye this past Monday. It looks like being a really competitive season, which can only be good for the game.
Still, it is early days in a competition that features home and away fixtures and runs every Monday night until mid-April. This past Monday, the University of Witwatersrand battled to a nail-biting but hugely satisfying victory (7-6) over the team from the neighbouring University of Johannesburg. It was the first time Wits had won the derby in the history of Varsity Cup.
Meanwhile, down in Cape Town, UCT hosted North-West University and were convincing victors (31-22). And at the same time, the University of Pretoria went down to Bloemfontein to take on Central University of Technology, and came away with another five point haul (23-40).
Also in the city of flowers, the University of Free State was hosting the University of the Western Cape in what turned out to be another very tight match. The final score was 28-29 in favour of the visitors.