Shimlas egde Ixias at wet and muddy CUT Park

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Phumzile Maqondwana PHOTO: FRIKKIE KAPP /SASPA

The University of the Free State Shimlas returned to winnings way in the Varsity Cup with a hard fought 22-13 win over the CUT Ixias after trailing at half-time.

The match was played on Tuesday afternoon after being postponed on Monday due to a waterlogged field.

A Ruben Heymans try saw the hosts take a 13-9 lead into the break.

In the second stanza the Shimlas showed more patience and the winger Marco Mason kept the scoreboard ticking with five penalties as well as a conversion for Phumzile Maqondwana’s try.

The Shimlas coach, Hendro Scholtz, told Courant that their game against the Ikeys in similar conditions a week ago helped them.

“As I said during the week hopefully the more we play in their conditions the better we will get and I think this game could have gone anyway.

“Luckily we played in these conditions last week and I think that took us through in the end”.

The Ixias coach, Tiaan Liebenberg, in his turn says he feels either side could have won today.

“I think with the wet conditions use need to have patience, you need to still to our structures and you need to stick to your game plan.

“I don’t think my guys stuck to that. There is a bit of inexperience that comes into it, but I was tough and I think the Shimlas did well to win”.

The Shimlas host Pukke next week while the Ixias are hosting UJ.

Player That Rocks – Marco Mason (Shimlas)

Scorers:

CUT (13): Try – Ruben Heymans Conv. – Martin Jacobs Pen. – Jacobs 2

Shimlas (22): Try – Phumzile Maqondwana Conv. – Marco Mason 5 Conv. – Mason – MORGAN PIEK