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The FNB NMMU Madibaz made history when they qualified for their first-ever Varsity Cup semifinal by beating defending champions UP-Tuks 13-7 in Port Elizabeth on Monday.

The hard-earned victory, which was their first against UP-Tuks, saw the Madibaz advance to the knock-out stage for the first time, edging out FNB NWU-Pukke by the narrowest of margins on points' difference.

Dramatic draw sinks Shimlas

Tuesday, 19 March 2013 10:29

FNB UJ scrumhalf Vian van der Watt scored two late tries to salvage a dramatic 26-26 draw with UFS-Shimlas in Johannesburg on Monday.

It was a strange game. UJ had 38 minutes worth of the first half and were down 8-5 at half-time. Then UFS-Shimlas had 25 minutes of the second half and led 26-5. And then, just to keep everybody enthralled, UJ scored 21 points in 13 minutes to draw an engrossing match.

Victorious Madibaz sneak into play-offs

Tuesday, 19 March 2013 10:08

FNB NMMU produced an historic 13-7 win over defending Varsity Cup champions, FNB UP-Tuks, to claim a first-ever semifinal place in this competition under stunning circumstances.

The Madibaz, who in previous seasons of FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International had been on the receiving end of some big losses, have had a huge 2013 season - winning all their home games and qualifying for the Last Four.

The FNB Ikey Tigers signed off on a disappointing 2013 Varsity Cup campaign with a 50-40 win over tournament debutants, FNB Wits, at the Green Mile on Monday evening.

The Ikeys lost some close ones this season, also drawing their opening bout at home to Madibaz, and they left it quite late in their 2013 campaign for a first victory; winning a 12-try match which also produced two red cards and one yellow card.

Pukke fight back in vain against Maties

Tuesday, 19 March 2013 09:54

FNB NWU-Pukke fought back to earn two bonus points in their 37-34 defeat to Maties, but narrowly missed out on qualification for the semifinals.

Trailing 0-24 at the break, NWU-Pukke romped back to score five second-half tries but their remarkable comeback fell just short and they ultimately missed out on a semifinal place on points difference.

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