Zander du Plessis rear tuks (Gallo Images)
Tuks and UCT will meet in the highly anticipated University Cup final after their victories in Friday’s semi-finals in Pretoria.
UCT managed a great comeback after going 15-0 to comfortably beat the NWU Eagles 54-36 in the semi-finals on Friday.
NWU hooker Gustav du Rand scored his ninth try of the tournament with the conversion of running back Nivan Petersen giving the Eagles a 22-21 advantage at the break.
UCT hooker Josh van Vuuren scored a brace with his second maul try taking the Cape side past the 50-point mark.
In the second semi-final at Tuks Stadium, Tuks full-back Zander du Plessis made history by helping his home side defeat defending champion Maties. 44-35.
Du Plessis broke the record for most points scored in a Varsity Cup season on Friday bringing his total to 145, surpassing the 136 points of former UCT half-forward Demetri Catrakilis of the season 2012.
Du Plessis, who won the player of the match, notched four conversions and three penalties on Friday and is expected to extend his record in Monday’s final.
Tuks winger Stefan Coetzee and butterfly half David Coetzer made early forays as the home side led 18-3 at halftime.
Maties, who beat Tuks 34-12 in the 2019 Varsity Cup Final, came into action in the final 20 minutes as winger Siba Xamlashe scored two tries at point of origin.
Maties flanked by Mitchell Carstens’ converted attempt in the 77th minute reduced the deficit to nine points, but it was Tuks who advanced to Monday’s final.
UCT Ikeys and Tuks will meet at Tuks Stadium (kick off 7:00 p.m.) in a rehearsal of the 2011 final, which was won by UCT.
UCT will look to lift the Varsity Cup for the third time, while Tuks will attempt his fourth title.
Semi-final 1: UCT vs. NWU 54-36
Tests: Gary Porter, Le Roux Malan, Christian Stehlik, Josh van Vuuren (2), Rihaz Fredericks, David Hayes (1×7), Kyle Bowman
Conversions: David Hayes (4), Kyle Bowman (2)
Eagles of the NWU
Tests: Keano Windvogel (1×7), Gustav du Rand, Arno Gustafson, Caleb Louw
Conversions: Nivan Petersen (2), Marco Donges, Riaan Genis
Penalties: Petersen (2)
Semi-final 2: Tuks v Maties 44-35
Tests: Munier Hartzenberg, Siba Xamlashe (2×7), Mitchell Carstens
Conversions: Adriaan van der Bank, Nevaldo Fleurs (3)
Penalty: Van der Bank
Tries: Stefan Coetzee (1×5, 1×7), David Coetzer, Stephan Smit, Clyde Lewis
Conversions: Zander du Plessis (4)
Penalties: Du Plessis (3)