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Women’s Varsity 7s Match Day 1 Wrap – UFH and UJ unstoppable

Updated: Jul 14, 2023

The women’s Varsity 7s rugby tournament kick-off an epic day of rugby that saw UFH not concede a single point in four games while UJ crushed every opponent they faced.

Here’s how it all went down.


Match 1 (W):

UFH vs TUT: 36-0

The first match of the Varsity 7’s tournament saw UFH ran riot as they dominated the TUT women’s side. With a 21-0 lead at halftime, it was clear that the University of Fort Hare were thirsty for a thrashing in the second half. Makhomazi Sivuyiseko & Siphesihle Hlangani bagged a brace of tries, while Msengi Ongeziwe and Nobuhle Msomi each got a single try.

Match 2 (W):

UL vs Madibaz 5-17

Madibaz and the University of Limpopo could not be separated in the first half with Miranda Ngqongwana scoring for Madibaz while Lettie Mahaole scored a sensational try for UL from the 55’ meter line to cut the deficit to 2 points. The second half was a different story as Hazel Madika scored a try and Mihlali Gaqa ran away with the result for Madibaz

during the Varsity Festival 7s Rugby University of Limpopo W v Madibaz W on Friday 07 October 2022 at Tuks Astro Photo by Christiaan Kotze/ C&C Photo Agency for Varsity/ AsemEngage

Match 3 (W):

UJ vs Walter Sisulu 34 – 0

The Orange Army were quick out the blocks as speedster Tanya Shava opened the scoring. UJ were putting on a show with some scintillating passing which resulted in Mardiya Usman finishing off a good team play. Tanya Shava was proving too hot to handle as she bagged a brace taking the halftime score to 15:0.

Shava got a hat trick in the second half and made an early contention for Women of the tournament. Akhona Nkosi & Aliyah Njamme me closed off the scoring to seal a dominant victory.

Match 8 (W):

UP-Tuks 22 – 0 Madibaz

The women’s home team took on a spirited Madibaz side, but the home side was spurred by their partisan support as Ferannah Burger scored her team’s first try of the tournament. 5-0 going into halftime.

The game was far from decided as Madibaz got half chances to equalize but to no avail. Sune Botha suffered a nasty head injury and that seemed to rally the team as Andiswa Masego scored a power play try. Miche Pretorius put the icing on top with the final try to win 22-0 to the home side

Match 9 (W):

UFH 0-53 WSU

It was an Eastern Cape affair but it was Fort Hare that dominated as Touto Zanele, Siphesihle Hlangani and Nobuhle Msomi ran in three quick-fire tries for Fort Hare. UFH was putting on a rugby clinic as Vakalisa Lillitha scored and took a dominant 24-0 lead into halftime.

Touto Zanele bagged her brace early in the second and it was clear that UFH were determined to humiliate their opponents. The score kept on increasing as Siphesihle Hlangani bagged a brace to make it 38:0. A brace turned into a hatrick as Hlangani scored a power-point try. Qogi Inga and the score saw UFH run rampant 53-0.

Match 10 (W):

UL 0-58 UJ

Precious Maduchem got the Orange Army up and running early and it was clear they were going to make light work of the University of Limpopo. Nyasha Gonangombe grabbed the second and the UJ women’s side was proving to be favourites. Maduchem scored a power-point try and later made it a hattrick as the score was a mammoth 31-0 to the Orange Army. Gonangombe scored again before the brink of halftime and UJ went into the lead 36-0.

Captain Masingita Simango got into the action herself as UJ were hunting for a half-century of points. Mpumelelo Dlamini scored again and the scorekeepers were losing track with the score sitting at 48-0. Tanya Shava scored a Power-Point try and UJ eclipsed half a century, with the score 58-0…

Match 15 (W):

WSU 22- 0 Madibaz

The Eastern Cape Derby between Walter Sisulu And Madibaz saw the former get on the board first after an exhilarating counter-attack which led to WSU’s first try scored by Buyimpilo Bavu. That was the only meaningful action of the half and Madibaz were trailing 0-7.

The power play was the defining factor between the two as WSU extended their lead to 12-0 and were on course for their first win. The team cruised to victory with their last try from Sinaye Mbolomopo winning 22-0.

Match 16 (W):

UJ 39-5 TUT

The Orange Arny faced early sustained pressure from TUT and the underdogs were pushing, however, the front-runner for the player of the tournament Tanya Shava outpaced almost every defender from her half to the try and gave UJ the lead. Not to be discouraged TUT bounced back big forward Vainah Ubisi to make it 7-5. UJ caught TUT napping as Precious Madauchen scored at the end of the half to make it 14-5.

The lead was further extended in the second half with Aaliyah Njamme and Akhona Nkosi and the Orange Army were running away with it 24:5. Another try was scored by Lethukthula Dlamini in the power play period which saw UJ win comfortably 39-5.

Match 17 (W):

UP-Tuks 0-33 UFH

UFH scored a sensational try from inside their half as Vakalisa Lillitha put on the after-burners and stormed to the try line to give Fort Hare the lease. With the home crowd silenced, Tuks buckled under pressure and Msengi Ongeziwe Qogi Inga made it 19-0 going into halftime for UFH.

Things got from bad to worse as Siphesihle Hlangani scored back-to-back tries and stamped her claim for player of the tournament. Fort Hare won their consecutive win and put on a rugby clinic to beat Tuks 33-0.

Match 22 (W):

TUT 24 – 5 Madibaz

The side from Tshwane showed power and pace and duly took the lead courtesy of Tebogo Rakgatla who scored two consecutive tries. The side went in 10-0 ahead.

In the second half, TUT suffered after receiving a yellow card as Madibaz scored a try and it was all to play for in the last few minutes with the score at 10:5. The big and towering Vainha Ubisi put the game out of reach for Madibaz as she scored twice as TUT won 24:5

Match 23 (W):

UL vs UFH 0-22

The penultimate game of match day one saw Fort Hare make light work of the University of Limpopo as Makhomazi Sivuyiseko scored a try and Qogi Inga ran in two tries as the side went in 17-0 ahead.

The second half was more of the same for Fort Hare as they continued scoring back-to-back tries at the helpless University of Limpopo. Qogi Inga was running the show and bagged herself a brace of tries. The game ended 34-0 to UFH after a power play try.

Match 24(W)

UJ 64 – 0 UP-Tuks

The last match of Friday was another Gauteng derby, this time the ladies. The Orange Army was playing like title contenders as they made light work of Tuks courtesy of captain Masingita Simango, Akhona Nkosi and two tries for Tanya Shava in a dominant 28-0 halftime display.

Captain Masingita Simango got her hat trick and was unplayable with UJ running try after try. There were chants of 50-0 from the UJ army after Aliyah Njamme added another try to make it 47-0. The Orange Army capitalized on the power play and annihilated Tuks 64-0

For all the results and fixtures click HERE.

All games broadcast live on SuperSport Variety 4.

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