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2014 Varsity Shield

2014 Varsity Shield
CountriesSouth Africa
Date27 January – 31 March 2014
ChampionsCUT Ixias (3rd title)
Runners-upUKZN Impi
PromotedCUT Ixias
RelegatedNone
Matches played21
Tries scored146
(average 7 per match)
Top point scorerDuan Pretorius (88)
Top try scorerShayne Makombe (6)
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The 2014 Varsity Shield was contested from 27 January to 31 March 2014. The tournament (also known as the FNB Varsity Shield presented by Steinhoff International for sponsorship reasons) was the fourth season of the Varsity Shield, an annual second-tier inter-university rugby union competition featuring five South African universities.

The tournament was won by CUT Ixias for the second consecutive time and third time overall; they beat UKZN Impi 35–26 in the final played on 31 March 2015. CUT Ixias were automatically promoted to the top-tier Varsity Cup competition for 2015, but UKZN Impi lost their promotion play-off match against UJ to remain in the Varsity Shield for 2015. Bottom side TUT Vikings won their relegation play-off match against challengers NWU Vaal Triangle to also remain in the Varsity Shield for 2015.

Rules

The Varsity Shield used a different scoring system to the regular system. Tries were worth five points as usual, but conversions were worth three points, while penalties and drop goals were only worth two points.[1]

Competition

There were five participating universities in the 2014 Varsity Shield. These teams played each other twice over the course of the season, once at home and once away.

Teams received four points for a win and two points for a draw. Bonus points were awarded to teams that scored four or more tries in a game, as well as to teams that lost a match by seven points or less. Teams were ranked by log points, then points difference (points scored less points conceded).

The top two teams qualified for the title play-offs. These teams played each other in the final, at the home venue of the higher-placed team.

The Varsity Shield winner was promoted to the 2015 Varsity Cup competition, while the bottom team in the Varsity Cup was relegated to the 2015 Varsity Shield. There was also a promotion/relegation match between the 7th-placed team in the Varsity Cup and the Varsity Shield runner-up at the end of the 2014 season.[2]

Teams

2014 Varsity Shield is located in South Africa
Location of teams in 2014 Varsity Shield
2014 Varsity Shield teams
Team Name University Stadium
CUT Ixias Central University of Technology CUT Stadium, Bloemfontein
TUT Vikings Tshwane University of Technology TUT Stadium, Pretoria
UFH Blues University of Fort Hare Davidson Rugby Field, Alice
UKZN Impi University of KwaZulu-Natal Peter Booysen Sports Park, Pietermaritzburg
Howard College Rugby Stadium, Durban
UWC University of the Western Cape UWC Sport Stadium, Cape Town

Standings

The final league standings for the 2014 Varsity Shield were:[3]

2014 Varsity Shield standings
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 CUT Ixias 8 6 0 2 255 171 +84 35 21 6 1 31
2 UKZN Impi 8 4 1 3 246 171 +75 31 21 4 3 25
3 UFH Blues 8 4 1 3 215 217 −2 27 28 4 0 22
4 UWC 8 3 0 5 199 240 −41 24 29 3 1 16
5 TUT Vikings 8 2 0 6 184 300 −116 23 41 3 2 13

Round-by-round

Team Progression – 2014 Varsity Shield
Team R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Final
CUT Ixias 4
(2nd)
4
(3rd)
9
(2nd)
14
(1st)
16
(1st)
21
(1st)
26
(1st)
31
(1st)
31
(1st)
31
(1st)
Won
UKZN Impi 1
(3rd)
2
(5th)
2
(5th)
7
(3rd)
12
(2nd)
14
(2nd)
15
(2nd)
15
(2nd)
20
(2nd)
25
(2nd)
Lost
UFH Blues 0
(5th)
4
(4th)
5
(4th)
5
(5th)
10
(3rd)
12
(3rd)
12
(3rd)
12
(4th)
17
(3rd)
22
(3rd)
N/A
UWC 4
(1st)
6
(1st)
6
(3rd)
6
(4th)
6
(5th)
6
(5th)
11
(4th)
15
(3rd)
16
(4th)
16 N/A
TUT Vikings 0
(4th)
5
(2nd)
10
(1st)
10
(2nd)
10
(4th)
10
(4th)
10
(5th)
11
(5th)
11
(5th)
13
(5th)
N/A

The table above shows a team's progression throughout the season.
For each round, their cumulative points total is shown with the overall log position in brackets.
Key: win draw loss bye

Fixtures

The 2014 Varsity Shield fixtures were as follows:[4]

  • All times are South African (GMT+2).

Round One

Bye/s: TUT Vikings

Round Two

Bye/s: CUT Ixias

Round Three

Bye/s: UKZN Impi

Round Four

Bye/s: UFH Blues

Round Five

Bye/s: UWC

Round Six

Bye/s: TUT Vikings

Round Seven

Bye/s: UFH Blues

Round Eight

Bye/s: UKZN Impi

Round Nine

Bye/s: CUT Ixias

Round Ten

Bye/s: UWC

Final

Players

Player statistics

The following table contains points which have been scored in the 2014 Varsity Shield.[47]

All point scorers
No Player Team T C P DG Pts
1 Duan Pretorius CUT Ixias 5 17 6 0 88
2 Freddie Muller UWC 1 19 11 0 84
3 Morné Hugo TUT Vikings 0 19 5 1 69
4 Oliver Zono UFH Blues 5 9 8 0 68
5 Duncan Campbell UKZN Impi 2 15 2 0 59
6 Noël Marx CUT Ixias 1 8 3 1 37
7 Brendan Cope UKZN Impi 0 7 6 0 33
8 Shayne Makombe UKZN Impi 6 0 0 0 30
9 Lwazi Ngcungama UKZN Impi 5 0 0 0 25
Danie van der Merwe CUT Ixias 5 0 0 0 25
Kabous van Schalkwyk UKZN Impi 5 0 0 0 25
12 Brandon Bailing UKZN Impi 4 0 0 0 20
Deon Gouws CUT Ixias 4 0 0 0 20
Charlie Hitchcock CUT Ixias 4 0 0 0 20
Pieter Matthews TUT Vikings 4 0 0 0 20
Gaybrin Smith TUT Vikings 4 0 0 0 20
James Verity-Amm UWC 4 0 0 0 20
Cameron Wright UKZN Impi 1 5 0 0 20
19 Saneliso Ngoma UFH Blues 0 4 3 0 18
20 Deon Carney UKZN Impi 3 0 0 0 15
Fanie Coetzer CUT Ixias 3 0 0 0 15
Onke Dubase UFH Blues 3 0 0 0 15
Stephan Griesel CUT Ixias 3 0 0 0 15
Lithabile Mgwadleka UFH Blues 3 0 0 0 15
Minenhle Mthethwa UWC 3 0 0 0 15
Kholo Ramashala CUT Ixias 3 0 0 0 15
Lundi Ralarala UFH Blues 3 0 0 0 15
Garth van Rayner UFH Blues 3 0 0 0 15
Johan van Schalkwyk CUT Ixias 3 0 0 0 15
30 Bangi Kobese UFH Blues 0 3 1 0 11
31 Moekoa Bolofo CUT Ixias 2 0 0 0 10
Masixole David UFH Blues 2 0 0 0 10
Billy Dutton UFH Blues 2 0 0 0 10
Dean Herbert UWC 2 0 0 0 10
Hamish Herd TUT Vikings 2 0 0 0 10
Adriaan Joubert TUT Vikings 2 0 0 0 10
Lukhanyiso Komani UFH Blues 2 0 0 0 10
Quaid Langeveldt UWC 2 0 0 0 10
Rico Lategan UKZN Impi 2 0 0 0 10
Mandla Mdaka TUT Vikings 2 0 0 0 10
Alec Mhlanga CUT Ixias 2 0 0 0 10
Njabulo Ndlovu UWC 2 0 0 0 10
Frans Sisita CUT Ixias 2 0 0 0 10
Yondela Stampu UWC 2 0 0 0 10
Andries Truter TUT Vikings 2 0 0 0 10
Melik Wana UWC 2 0 0 0 10
Kenwinn Wiener UWC 2 0 0 0 10
Zwela Zondi UKZN Impi 2 0 0 0 10
49 Tahriq Allan UWC 1 0 0 0 5
Henri Boshoff UKZN Impi 1 0 0 0 5
Curtly Brinkhuis TUT Vikings 1 0 0 0 5
Isak Deetlefs TUT Vikings 1 0 0 0 5
Marius Grobler CUT Ixias 1 0 0 0 5
Brian Guillen TUT Vikings 1 0 0 0 5
Deon Michael Joubert TUT Vikings 1 0 0 0 5
José Julies UWC 1 0 0 0 5
Dean Kauprihanoff CUT Ixias 1 0 0 0 5
Bart le Roux UKZN Impi 1 0 0 0 5
Madoda Mbulelo Ludidi UFH Blues 1 0 0 0 5
Athenkosi Manentsa UFH Blues 1 0 0 0 5
Juan Maritz TUT Vikings 1 0 0 0 5
Yandisa Mdolomba UKZN Impi 1 0 0 0 5
Ntyara Mkhafu UFH Blues 1 0 0 0 5
Sibabalwe Mtsulwana UFH Blues 1 0 0 0 5
Dean Muir UKZN Impi 1 0 0 0 5
Barend Nordeje TUT Vikings 1 0 0 0 5
Pat O'Brien UWC 1 0 0 0 5
Dale van Schalkwyk UWC 1 0 0 0 5
Ado Wessels UKZN Impi 1 0 0 0 5
Mzwandile Yalezo UFH Blues 1 0 0 0 5
71 Andile Makinana UFH Blues 0 1 0 0 3
* Legend: T = Tries, C = Conversions, P = Penalties, DG = Drop Goals, Pts = Points

Squad lists

The teams released the following squad lists:

Honours

2014 FNB Varsity Shield Champions:
CUT Ixias
Player That Rocks: Onke Dubase, UFH Blues
Forward That Rocks: Lwazi Nqcungama, UKZN Impi
Back That Rocks: Shayne Makombe, UKZN Impi
Top Try Scorers: Shayne Makombe, UKZN Impi (6)
Top Points Scorer: Duan Pretorius, CUT Ixias (88)

Referees

The following referees officiated matches in the 2014 Varsity Shield:

See also

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