2016 Varsity Cup

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2016 Varsity Cup
2016 Varsity Cup logo.jpg
CountriesSouth Africa
Date8 February – 11 April 2016
ChampionsNWU Pukke (1st title)
Runners-upMaties
RelegatedNone
Matches played31
Tries scored204
(average 6.6 per match)
Top point scorerDivan Nel (84)
Top try scorerDuhan van der Merwe (10)
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The 2016 Varsity Cup was contested from 8 February to 11 April 2016. The tournament (also known as the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International for sponsorship reasons) was the ninth season of the Varsity Cup, an annual inter-university rugby union competition featuring eight South African universities.

The tournament was won by NWU Pukke, who beat Maties 7–6 in the final played on 11 April 2016. No team was automatically relegated to the second-tier Varsity Shield competition for 2017 and bottom side UCT Ikey Tigers beat UWC in a relegation play-off to remain in the competition for 2017.

Following a disruption during the Round Three match between UFS Shimlas and NMMU Madibaz[1][2] and general unrest on various university campuses, all fixtures scheduled for 29 February were postponed to 4 April,[3] with the semi-finals and final also postponed by a week. On 1 March, it was also announced that the round of matches scheduled for 7 March would also be postponed, with the situation at various universities being monitored to determine when the competition would resume.[4] After a meeting by the executive management of Varsity Rugby on 9 March, it was decided that all remaining matches in the competition would be played at neutral venues and that matches should resume on 14 March.[5]

Competition rules and information[edit]

There were eight participating universities in the 2016 Varsity Cup. These teams played each other once over the course of the season, either home or away.

Teams received four points for a win and two points for a draw. Bonus points were awarded to teams that scored four or more tries in a game, as well as to teams that lost a match by seven points or less. Teams were ranked by log points, then points difference (points scored less points conceded).

The top four teams qualified for the title play-offs. In the semi-finals, the team that finished first had home advantage against the team that finished fourth, while the team that finished second had home advantage against the team that finished third. The winners of these semi-finals played each other in the final, at the home venue of the higher-placed team.

The bottom team in the Varsity Cup qualified for a relegation play-off against the runner-up of the Varsity Shield at the end of the season.

The Varsity Cup introduced a new scoring system for 2016, where tries could be worth five, seven or nine points, depending on the point where the try-scoring move originated. If the try-scoring move originated in the opponents' 22, it would count five points. If the try-scoring move originated between the halfway line and the opponents' 22, two bonus points were awarded for a seven-point try. If the try originated in the try-scoring team's own half, four bonus points were awarded and the try would be worth nine points. In another change from previous seasons, the points for kicks reverted to the common scoring system used in rugby union – conversions were worth two points, while penalties and drop goals were worth three points.

While the 2014 and 2015 editions of the Varsity Cup saw all matches officiated by two referees, this reverted to just one official for 2016.

The Varsity Cup also retained the White Card system introduced in 2015, but only for the semi-finals and the final. Under this system, either team's coach or captain could refer incidents for further review, similar to the Umpire Decision Review System used in cricket. They could have incidents reviewed that they believed were either given incorrectly or went unnoticed by the on-field referees. Each team was entitled to one review in each half of the match; if a review proved successful, the team retained their white card review for that half, but if it was unsuccessful, they lost the right to further reviews for the remainder of the half.[6]

There were two further changes introduced for the 2016 season. Firstly, if a maul did not move forwards for a period of five seconds, the referee would give the team in possession a further three seconds to use the ball and failure to do so resulted in turnover of possession. Secondly, the traditional "crouch, bind, set" scrum call was changed to "crouch, bind, slide", with the slide call ensuring no impact between the front rows.[7][8]

There were also some changes to the quota system: the number of players of colour that had to be included in a matchday 23 was increased from six to seven, with three of those in the starting line-up. Teams were allowed to field four first-year students under the age of 22, of which three have to be players of colour. Three additional first-year students could be fielded with no racial quotas, provided they were in Grade 12 at high school in 2015.[9]

Teams[edit]

Location of teams in the 2016 Varsity Cup

The following teams took part in the 2016 Varsity Cup competition:

2016 Varsity Cup teams
Team Name University Stadium
CUT Ixias Central University of Technology CUT Stadium, Bloemfontein
Maties Stellenbosch University Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch
NMMU Madibaz Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University NMMU Stadium, Port Elizabeth
NWU Pukke North-West University Fanie du Toit Sport Ground, Potchefstroom
UCT Ikey Tigers University of Cape Town UCT Rugby Fields, Cape Town
UFS Shimlas University of the Free State Shimla Park, Bloemfontein
UJ University of Johannesburg UJ Stadium, Johannesburg
UP Tuks University of Pretoria LC de Villiers Stadium, Pretoria

Standings[edit]

The final standings for the 2016 Varsity Cup were:[10][note 1]

2016 Varsity Cup standings
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 Maties 7 6 0 1 263 122 +141 33 14 5 0 29
2 UJ 7 6 0 1 254 151 +103 26 17 3 0 27
3 NWU Pukke 7 5 0 2 230 166 +64 28 18 5 1 26
4 UP Tuks 7 4 0 3 333 195 +138 38 23 5 1 22
5 UFS Shimlas 7 4 0 3 210 235 −25 26 26 3 0 19
6 CUT Ixias [note 2] 7 2 0 5 93 211 −118 11 26 1 1 8
7 NMMU Madibaz 7 1 0 6 169 251 −82 21 31 1 2 7
8 UCT Ikey Tigers 7 0 0 7 103 324 −221 11 39 1 2 3

Round-by-round[edit]

The table below shows each team's progression throughout the season. For each round, their cumulative points total is shown with the overall log position in brackets:

Team Progression – 2016 Varsity Cup
Team R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Semi Final
Maties 5
(1st)
10
(1st)
14
(1st)
19
(1st)
24
(1st)
29
(1st)
29
(1st)
Won Lost
UJ 4
(3rd)
8
(3rd)
12
(3rd)
12
(4th)
17
(3rd)
22
(2nd)
27
(2nd)
Lost N/A
NWU Pukke 5
(2nd)
7
(4th)
11
(4th)
16
(3rd)
16
(4th)
21
(3rd)
26
(3rd)
Won Won
UP Tuks 0
(7th)
2
(8th)
2
(8th)
7
(5th)
12
(5th)
17
(5th)
22
(4th)
Lost N/A
UFS Shimlas 4
(4th)
9
(2nd)
14
(2nd)
18
(2nd)
19
(2nd)
19
(4th)
19
(5th)
N/A N/A
CUT Ixias 0
(8th)
4
(5th)
4
(5th)
5
(6th)
3 [note 2]
(8th)
3
(7th)
8
(6th)
N/A N/A
NMMU Madibaz 1
(6th)
2
(7th)
2
(7th)
2
(7th)
7
(6th)
7
(7th)
7
(7th)
N/A N/A
UCT Ikey Tigers 1
(5th)
2
(6th)
2
(6th)
2
(8th)
3
(7th)
3
(8th)
3
(8th)
N/A N/A
Key: win draw loss

Matches[edit]

The following matches were played in the 2016 Varsity Cup:[15][note 3]

Round One[edit]

Round Two[edit]

Round Three[edit]

Round Four[edit]

Round Five[edit]

Round Six[edit]

Round Seven[edit]

Semi-Finals[edit]

Final[edit]

Honours[edit]

The honour roll for the 2016 Varsity Cup was as follows:

2016 Varsity Cup Honours
Champions: NWU Pukke
Player That Rocks: Mosolwa Mafuma, UFS Shimlas[87]
Forward That Rocks: Beyers de Villiers, Maties[88]
Back That Rocks: Craig Barry, Maties[89]
Top Try Scorers: Duhan van der Merwe, UP Tuks (10)
Top Points Scorer: Divan Nel, UJ (84)

Players[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

The following table contain points that were scored in the 2016 Varsity Cup:[90]

All point scorers
No Player Team T TB C P DG Pts
1 Divan Nel UJ 0 0 18 15 1 84
2 Ernst Stapelberg Maties 2 0 24 8 0 82
3 Rhyno Smith [note 8] NWU Pukke 0 0 21 10 1 75
4 Duhan van der Merwe [note 6] UP Tuks 10 24 0 0 0 74
5 Joshua Stander [note 6] UP Tuks 0 0 29 4 0 70
6 Sylvian Mahuza NWU Pukke 6 14 0 0 0 44
7 Mosolwa Mafuma [note 4] UFS Shimlas 6 10 0 0 0 40
Edwill van der Merwe Maties 6 10 0 0 0 40
9 Riaan Britz UP Tuks 5 12 0 0 0 37
Duncan Saal Maties 5 12 0 0 0 37
11 Benhard Janse van Rensburg NWU Pukke 4 8 0 2 0 34
Arthur Williams UFS Shimlas 6 4 0 0 0 34
13 Aphiwe Dyantyi UJ 4 10 0 0 0 30
Marco Mason UFS Shimlas 1 0 11 1 0 30
15 Robert Anderson UCT Ikey Tigers 2 8 2 2 0 28
Meyer van Tonder [note 7] CUT Ixias 1 2 6 3 0 28
17 Ivan-John du Preez NMMU Madibaz 4 6 0 0 0 26
18 Ronald Brown UJ 3 6 2 0 0 25
Beyers de Villiers Maties 5 0 0 0 0 25
Dries Swanepoel UP Tuks 3 10 0 0 0 25
21 Stephan Janse van Rensburg UFS Shimlas 2 4 3 1 0 23
Tyler Paul NMMU Madibaz 3 8 0 0 0 23
23 Jeandré Rudolph NWU Pukke 4 2 0 0 0 22
24 Craig Barry Maties 3 6 0 0 0 21
Simon Bolze NMMU Madibaz 0 0 6 3 0 21
26 Kobus van Dyk Maties 4 0 0 0 0 20
27 Pieter-Steyn de Wet [note 4] UFS Shimlas 1 0 7 0 0 19
Jannes Snyman UJ 3 4 0 0 0 19
29 Darren Baron CUT Ixias 1 4 3 1 0 18
André Warner UP Tuks 2 8 0 0 0 18
31 Wilmar Arnoldi NWU Pukke 3 2 0 0 0 17
Lucian Cupido NWU Pukke 3 2 0 0 0 17
33 Brandon Asher-Wood Maties 2 6 0 0 0 16
Luke van der Smit UP Tuks 2 6 0 0 0 16
35 Corniel Els UP Tuks 3 0 0 0 0 15
Tom Kean NMMU Madibaz 0 0 6 1 0 15
37 David Antonites UJ 2 4 0 0 0 14
Tinus de Beer [note 6] UP Tuks 1 0 3 1 0 14
Remu Malan Maties 2 4 0 0 0 14
Bradley Moolman UJ 2 4 0 0 0 14
Paul Streicher Maties 2 4 0 0 0 14
Louis van der Westhuizen NWU Pukke 2 4 0 0 0 14
Lihleli Xoli UCT Ikey Tigers 2 4 0 0 0 14
44 Tom Bednall UCT Ikey Tigers 0 0 2 3 0 13
45 Robert de Bruyn UJ 2 2 0 0 0 12
John-Roy Jenkinson Maties 2 2 0 0 0 12
Caswell Khoza UJ 2 2 0 0 0 12
Malherbe Swart NWU Pukke 2 2 0 0 0 12
49 Henry Brandon Brown NMMU Madibaz 2 0 0 0 0 10
Craig Corbett Maties 2 0 0 0 0 10
Jeremy Jordaan UJ 2 0 0 0 0 10
Bart le Roux NWU Pukke 2 0 0 0 0 10
Duncan Matthews UP Tuks 2 0 0 0 0 10
Len Noort CUT Ixias 2 0 0 0 0 10
Chris Smith Maties 0 0 2 2 0 10
Ruan Steenkamp UP Tuks 2 0 0 0 0 10
Walt Steenkamp NWU Pukke 2 0 0 0 0 10
Jasper Wiese CUT Ixias 2 0 0 0 0 10
59 Clyde Davids UP Tuks 1 4 0 0 0 9
Kobus Porter UJ 1 4 0 0 0 9
Warren Swarts NMMU Madibaz 1 4 0 0 0 9
Conraad van Vuuren UFS Shimlas 1 4 0 0 0 9
Keanan van Wyk UP Tuks 1 4 0 0 0 9
Boela Venter UFS Shimlas 1 4 0 0 0 9
65 Guy Alexander UCT Ikey Tigers 1 2 0 0 0 7
Wian Conradie UJ 1 2 0 0 0 7
Nardus Erasmus UFS Shimlas 1 2 0 0 0 7
Bradley Janse van Rensburg UCT Ikey Tigers 1 2 0 0 0 7
Jaco Jordaan NWU Pukke 1 2 0 0 0 7
Kevin Kaba NMMU Madibaz 1 2 0 0 0 7
Rico Lategan UCT Ikey Tigers 1 2 0 0 0 7
Vincent Maruping CUT Ixias 1 2 0 0 0 7
Vuyani Maqina UFS Shimlas 1 2 0 0 0 7
Chase Morison UFS Shimlas 1 2 0 0 0 7
Carlisle Nel Maties 1 2 0 0 0 7
Nate Nel UCT Ikey Tigers 1 2 0 0 0 7
Yamkela Ngam NMMU Madibaz 1 2 0 0 0 7
SF Nieuwoudt NMMU Madibaz 1 2 0 0 0 7
Junior Pokomela NMMU Madibaz 1 2 0 0 0 7
Jayson Reinecke NMMU Madibaz 1 2 0 0 0 7
81 Andrew Beerwinkel UP Tuks 1 0 0 0 0 5
Renier Botha UFS Shimlas 1 0 0 0 0 5
Mauro Bucuchane CUT Ixias 1 0 0 0 0 5
Hilio de Abreu UCT Ikey Tigers 0 0 1 1 0 5
Jan Enslin [note 6] UP Tuks 1 0 0 0 0 5
Riaan Esterhuizen NMMU Madibaz 1 0 0 0 0 5
Aston Fortuin UP Tuks 1 0 0 0 0 5
Neethling Fouché UP Tuks 1 0 0 0 0 5
Johann Grundlingh CUT Ixias 1 0 0 0 0 5
Elandré Huggett UFS Shimlas 1 0 0 0 0 5
Nicolaas Immelman UFS Shimlas 1 0 0 0 0 5
Marco Klopper UFS Shimlas 1 0 0 0 0 5
Ivan Ludick NMMU Madibaz 1 0 0 0 0 5
Marzuq Maarman NMMU Madibaz 1 0 0 0 0 5
Devon Maré UJ 1 0 0 0 0 5
Emmanuel Morowane UJ 1 0 0 0 0 5
Brendon Nell Maties 1 0 0 0 0 5
Khanyo Ngcukana UCT Ikey Tigers 1 0 0 0 0 5
Teunis Nieuwoudt UFS Shimlas 1 0 0 0 0 5
Etienne Oosthuizen UJ 1 0 0 0 0 5
NJ Oosthuizen NMMU Madibaz 1 0 0 0 0 5
Gary Porter UCT Ikey Tigers 1 0 0 0 0 5
Marno Redelinghuys NWU Pukke 1 0 0 0 0 5
Dean Rossouw CUT Ixias 1 0 0 0 0 5
Luke Stringer UCT Ikey Tigers 1 0 0 0 0 5
Clinton Toua CUT Ixias 1 0 0 0 0 5
Marco van Staden UP Tuks 1 0 0 0 0 5
Keanu Vers NMMU Madibaz 1 0 0 0 0 5
PJ Walters UJ 1 0 0 0 0 5
Lindelwe Zungu NMMU Madibaz 1 0 0 0 0 5
penalty try UP Tuks 2 2 0 0 0 12
Maties 1 0 0 0 0 5
NWU Pukke 1 0 0 0 0 5
UJ 1 0 0 0 0 5
Note: Two or four Conversions count three points, while penalties and drop goals count two points.
* Legend: T = Tries, TB = Try bonus points,[note 3] C = Conversions, P = Penalties, DG = Drop Goals, Pts = Points.

Squads[edit]

The following squads were named for the 2016 Varsity Cup:

Discipline[edit]

The following table contains all the cards handed out during the tournament:[99]

Cards
Player Team Red card Temporarily suspended
Chase Morison UFS Shimlas 1 0
Jeandré Rudolph NWU Pukke 0 3
Remu Malan Maties 0 2
Teunis Nieuwoudt UFS Shimlas 0 2
Christiaan Smit Maties 0 2
Walt Steenkamp NWU Pukke 0 2
Craig Barry Maties 0 1
Ronald Brown UJ 0 1
Joel Carew UCT Ikey Tigers 0 1
Luvo Claassen NMMU Madibaz 0 1
Wian Conradie UJ 0 1
Clyde Davids UP Tuks 0 1
Beyers de Villiers Maties 0 1
Frederik Eksteen UP Tuks 0 1
Gerrit Engelbrecht UP Tuks 0 1
Marius Grobler CUT Ixias 0 1
Ian Groenewald Maties 0 1
Olwethu Hans UCT Ikey Tigers 0 1
Nicolaas Immelman UFS Shimlas 0 1
Jaco Jordaan NWU Pukke 0 1
Kevin Kaba NMMU Madibaz 0 1
Michael Kumbirai UCT Ikey Tigers 0 1
Marzuq Maarman NMMU Madibaz 0 1
Marco Mason UFS Shimlas 0 1
Emmanuel Morowane UJ 0 1
SF Nieuwoudt NMMU Madibaz 0 1
Siya Nzuzo UJ 0 1
Etienne Oosthuizen UJ 0 1
Eli Snyman UP Tuks 0 1
Elandré van der Merwe NMMU Madibaz 0 1
* Legend: Red card = Sent off, Temporarily suspended = Sin-binned

Referees[edit]

The following referees officiated matches in the 2016 Varsity Cup:

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b According to the match report on the South African Rugby Union website, the final score of the UCT Ikey Tigers v NWU Pukke match was 24–6.[11] However, according to the Varsity Cup website, it was 22–6.[12] The weekly match round-up on SARU's website also reports a final score of 22–6, so this final scoreline was assumed.[13]
  2. ^ a b On 22 March 2016, the Varsity Cup Executive Committee announced that CUT Ixias had two points deducted for fielding an ineligible player in their Round One match against Maties.[14]
  3. ^ a b In addition to the five points for a try, an additional two or four bonus points may also awarded for each individual try, depending on where the try-scoring move originated.[16][17] These are indicated by (2BP) or (4BP) after the minute of the try.
  4. ^ a b c d The SARU match report lists the name of the 34th minute try-scorer as Mosolwa Mafuma,[36] while the Varsity Cup match report lists it as Pieter-Steyn de Wet in the report and scoreboard sections.[35] The latter was assumed to be correct.
  5. ^ a b According to the SARU match report,[37] Rhyno Smith missed a conversion in the 34th minute. However, no try was scored prior to that. It's assumed to be a missed penalty instead.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g The SARU match report[72] erroneously duplicated Duhan van der Merwe's 12th minute try and Joshua Stander's subsequent conversion. These were omitted from the match scorers and top scorers list. The match report originally listed a 51st minute try and subsequent conversion by Tinus de Beer, which was subsequently removed, presumably to attempt to fix the extra try. However, the Varsity Cup match report[71] lists De Beer as a try scorer and the half-time score of 63–7 indicates that this try was only scored in the second half. The 78th minute try scorer is listed as Jan Enslin, while the Varsity Cup match report lists this as Duhan van der Merwe. A match report from Netwerk24[73] backs up the Varsity Cup scorecard, so those scorers were used.
  7. ^ a b The SARU match report lists the 30th minute conversion as missed by Meyer van Tonder,[74] but the Varsity Cup match report indicates he converted four tries,[75] with their official Twitter feed confirming it was converted.[76]
  8. ^ a b The SARU match report lists the 18th minute conversion as missed by Rhyno Smith,[77] but the Varsity Cup match report indicates he converted two tries,[78] with their official Twitter feed confirming it was converted.[79]

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