With Pukke going down to UJ in Joburg, Maties made full use of the real estate available at the top of the log by beating Shimlas in Bloemfontein.
Maties put together a 23-15 bonus-point victory over Shimlas in Bloemfontein on Monday to move to the top of the Varsity Cup log.
The maroon machine backed up their victory over UJ at home last week to make it a full house of 10 log points from their first 2 games of the season.Three first-half tries saw Maties take a commanding 18-5 lead into the break, but Shimlas battled back bravely to reduce the gap to 18-15 before a late try from Maties flyer JP Lewis sealed the victory for the visitors.
Defending champ Tuks bounced back from their defeat to Pukke by downing UCT 24-16 in Pretoria. The star-studded Tuks outfit, which included six former Baby Boks, were forced to work hard for their victory against a fiery Ikeys side that looked dangerous from anywhere on the field, with a late try from Dillyn Leyds earning the Cape side a vital bonus point.
In Port Elizabeth the Madibaz were pushed all the way by a Wits outfit that showed plenty of heart to compete away from home following their heavy defeat to Shimlas last week. The two sides were deadlocked at 16-16 in the dying stages of the match, but a try from Madibaz No.8 Marius Oosthuizen clinched a tense victory for the home side in front of their passionate fans.
UJ were forced to come from behind to secure their first victory of the season against Pukke in Johannesburg. The visitors took a 10-5 lead into the half-time break, but UJ showed great character to bounce back in the second half and seal an ultimately convincing 37-20 victory to get their 2013 campaign off the ground.
A WRAP of Varsity Cup: Round two
Maties 23-15 Shimlas
Shimlas: Tries: Dolo, Le Roux. Con: Du Toit. Pen: De Wet
Maties: Tries: Hugo, Lehmann, Jordaan, Lewis. Con: Grant
UJ 37-20 Pukke
UJ: Tries: Marx 2, Antonites, Kirkwood, Esterhuizen. Cons: De Kock 4
Pukke: Tries: Maritz 2, Fourie. Con: Nortier. Pen: Nortier
Tuks 24-16 UCT
Tuks: Tries: Cook, Adendorff, Skosan. Cons: Schoeman 2, Pollard
UCT: Tries: Willemse, Leyds. Cons: Jones-Davies, Leyds
NMMU 24-16 Wits
NMMU: Tries: Pretorius, Fourie, Oosthuizen, Cons: Van Staden 3
Wits: Tries: Greeff 2. Cons: Fosita 2
Varsity Shield results:
CUT 44-29 Fort Hare
UWC 38-15 UKZN