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Heart-break and Despair for FNB Madibaz

The FNB Madibaz suffered a third consecutive at the Hands of FNB Wits, as they went down 29-32 at the Madibaz stadium on Monday evening on South campus. It was heartbreak again for the home team as they continue to search for their maiden win this season.

Contrary to the result, the Madibaz started on the front foot through a penalty in the fifth
minute through Fly-half Simon Bolze who slotted in three points just outside the visitors 22.

That resulted in a Wits launching a heavy attack, however the Madibaz relieved the pressure turning the ball over in their five. The Madibaz responded with an attack of their own which saw them come close to scoring the opening try, however captain Riaan Esterhuizen failing to control the ball as he knocked it over the line. However, it was not over as the Madibaz won the Wits scrum which saw eighth man Justin Hollis cross the line after five phases.

Bolze added the extra two points to give the homeside a 10-0 lead going into the strategy
break. The first power play went to Wits as they opted to remove Bolze and centre Jordan Koekemoer. It would prove beneficial as Wits Captain Constant Beckerling opened the scoring for the visitors, with Christopher Humphries adding the extra two points. Madibaz took the lead again through substitute Christopher Worthington after another five phases.

The response from the visitors was swift through wing Kwanele Ngema who chased down a loose ball which saw them seven points with Humphries adding the extra two from the tee.

The half concluded with Bolze adding three points for the homeside as they went into the
half trailing 20-16. The second half began at a much slower tempo, until the 53 rd minute when Wits made use of a lineout with hooker Cecil Conradie scoring off the back of a maul. The visitors again upped the tempo scoring another try through substitute Lwazi Monakali. Substitute fly-half David Cary stretched their lead adding the extra two points from the tee, going up 32-16.

The Madibaz refused to relent and responded with a try of their own from vice-captain
Wynand Grassman followed by a conversion from Henrique Olivier. Olivier added two
penalties from the tee narrowing the gap to only three points. The game would not end with a bit of drama as the Madibaz unleashed a heavy attack on the Wits defence in the dying minutes of the game. It was vice-captain Grassman who would turn from hero to villain, as he knocked on the ball in the Wits five as Referee Rasta Rashivenge concluded the match as FNB Madibaz continue to search for their first win this season.


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Football - Absa Premiership 2015/16 - Supersport United v Chippa United - Peter Mokaba Stadium
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Chippa United clinched their Absa Premiership survival, moving them further away from the relegation zone and heading to the final fixture of the league. This, after yesterday’s sensational 3-0 victory over Supersport United at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

A hat-trick coming from Rhuleni Manzini who came on during the second-half of the game proved the difference to lift the Chilli boys out of the relegation zone with just one game remaining.

The Chilli boys dominated possession within the early stages of the game when Xolani Mdaki’s attempt at goal was blocked with only 12 minutes in. Supersport came close to opening the score board through a break by Mandla Masango only to have his goal-bound effort turned away by Chippa United goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi.

Six minutes before the break, Chippa thought they had drawn first blood as Mbokoma’s effort was flagged offside. Chippa United came close to taking the lead again after 55 minutes when a shot on target was blocked by Ronwen Williams to deny Mbokoma the opener.

The boys from Matsatsantsa were given possession after a mistake by keeper Akpeyi, but Thabo Mnyamane failed to capitalize sending his chip way over the crossbar.

The Chilli boys finally got a breakthrough 19 minutes from time when Keagan Ricthie conceded a penalty, picking up his second yellow card and shown his marching orders. Manzini stepped up to the task sending the goalkeeper the wrong way and snatched the opener.

With just ten men on the field, Supersport United were left vulnerable as the Chilli boys continued to apply pressure. Manzini, with a great header, sent home his second goal from Andile Mbenyane’s cross with just seven minutes remaining on the clock. Second half injury time saw the home fans on their feet and celebrating once again as Manzini secured his hat-trick from a 23 meter long range shot that saw the Chilli boys grab all three points.

On the log standing the win resulted Chippa United being at 13th position with 27 points with just one more fixture left against Free State Stars on the 27th of May.

Lwando Nomoyi

Campus life sport results

The NMMU South campus boasted with liveliness this past weekend as it hosted the Campus Life sports event. Numerous students came representing their respective residences in hopes of clinching the top spots in whichever events they found themselves. The Campus Life event is hosted annually, and celebrates campus life.

The results for the past weekend are as follows:

Results from the Campus Life Sport Festival

Rugby 7s

Round 1:

Xanadu 0 – 30 Oceana

Stallians 50 – 0 Unitas

Pointers 10 – 15 Laboria

Round 2

Northerns 37 – 7 Stallians

Xanadu 12 – 19 Laboria

Round 3:

Pointers 29 – 0 Xanadu

Northerns 52 – 0 Unitas

Round 4:

Laboria 0 – 33 Oceana

Pointers 7 – 7 Oceana


Northerns 22 – 0 Pointers

Oceana 24 – 12 Oceana

Playoffs: Pointers 12 – 0 Stallians

Finals: Northerns 21 – 12 Oceana


Kings residence came 5th place as they went down 9-8 to Melodi 1. Melodi 1 came 4th while the top 3 were Lebombo, Laboria and SSV. SSV won 9-5 in the finals beating Laboria. This was their third gold medal win in 3 consecutive years.

Table tennis


Round 1:

Lebombo vs SSV (Lebombo won)

Melodi vs Veritas (Melodi won)

Round 2:

Oceana vs Lebombo (Lebombo won)

Finals: Melodi vs Lebombo (Melodi won)

Bronze: Oceana

Silver: Lebombo

Gold: Melodi


Letaba vs Xanadu (Xanadu won)

Finals: Xanadu vs PGSV (PGSV won)

SSV and Oceana were disqualified for not pitching up.

Sliver: Xanadu

Gold: PGSV


100 m – Ladies finals

Melodi – 5

Lebombo – 4

Letaba – 3

Veritas – 2

Laboria – 1

100 m – mens finals

PGSV – 4

Unitas – 3

Premier – 2

Laboria – 1

4 x 100m relays results



SSV 8 – 0 Lebombo

Veritas 2 – 1 Melodi (Veritas were disqualified for using players who played for SSV against Lebombo as such Melodi played the finals against SSV)

SSV 4 – 0 Melodi


First round:

PGSV 2 – 0 Omega

SSV 4 – 0 Xanadu

Unitas 1 vs 2 Laboria

Smart 3 – 0 Kings  (Smart won)

Oceana 1 – 2 Premier

Varsity Park 0 -3 Oppidani

Last 8

Letaba 0 – 4 Laboria

SSV 2 – 1 Premier

PGSV 0 – 1 Oppidani

The Digs – Smart (Smart won penalties)


SSV 1 – 1 Laboria (SSV won 4-1 on penalties)

Oppidani 1 – 0 Smart


SSV 1 – 1 Oppidani (SSV won 3-2 on penalties)

SSV successfully defended their title, they won from last year.

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Women in Rugby

Women in Rugby
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Most of the women in the NMMU Women’s Rugby team have never played rugby before. For those who do, I wanted to find out about their reasons for choosing this sport as well as to capture their experiences thus far.

The women’s rugby team was introduced in 2015 and it still continues to grow in 2016. Like any other journey, the team has experienced challenges with respect to debunking the disbelief that women can play rugby and related stereotypes that are embedded in society. These ladies face stereotypes such as: women that play rugby are lesbians, and that a female that plays rugby cannot be recognised as a lady or a woman. Their response is that playing rugby doesn’t disqualify them from deriving pleasure from “girly” festivities and taking delight in their feminine side. Some attend practice with lipstick and they can still flaunt their weaves, pout and appreciate their womanhood after practice. All in all, the challenges have not dampened their spirit, instead they have emerged a stronger unit from them.
Due to the fact that they are still growing in numbers they are playing 7’s and not 15’s. But they still do the work of the whole team; the same rules apply for male and female rugby. The ladies give the credit to their coaches and managers who continue to take time out from their academic and sporting schedules to train them. They also go a step further by displaying traits of professionalism when training the ladies.
The ladies practice three times a week from Wednesday to Friday between 5pm – 6pm at C Field. If any ladies on campus are interested in being part of this revolution, don’t hesitate to join the NMMU Women’s Rugby team. Show up for practice and take things from there.

Written by Celuzuze Gugulethu Mabaso and Nokhwezi Khoza.