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2019 Varsity Cup

2019 Varsity Cup
CountriesSouth Africa
Date4 February – 22 April 2019
ChampionsMaties (5th title)
Runners-upUP Tuks
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The 2019 Varsity Cup was the 12th season of the Varsity Cup, the top competition in the annual Varsity Rugby series. It was played between 4 February and 22 April 2019 and featured nine university teams.

There was a debut in the competition for UWC, who won promotion from the Varsity Shield in 2018.

Competition rules and information

There were nine participating university teams in the 2019 Varsity Cup. They played each other once during the pool stage, either at home or 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 four teams after the pool stage qualified for the semifinals, which were followed by a final.

Teams

Location of teams in the 2019 Varsity Cup
Western Cape

The teams that played in the 2019 Varsity Cup are:

2019 Varsity Cup teams
Team name University Stadium
CUT Ixias Central University of Technology CUT Stadium, Bloemfontein
Maties Stellenbosch University Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch
NWU Pukke North-West University Fanie du Toit Sport Ground, Potchefstroom
UCT Ikey Tigers University of Cape Town UCT Rugby Fields, Cape Town
UFS Shimlas University of the Free State Shimla Park, Bloemfontein
UJ University of Johannesburg UJ Stadium, Johannesburg
UP Tuks University of Pretoria LC de Villiers Stadium, Pretoria
UWC University of the Western Cape UWC Sport Stadium, Cape Town
Wits University of the Witwatersrand Wits Rugby Stadium, Johannesburg

Pool stage

Standings

The final log for the 2019 Varsity Cup was:

2019 Varsity Cup log
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 Maties 8 8 0 0 385 129 +256 52 18 6 0 38
2 UP Tuks 8 6 1 1 284 115 +169 38 14 3 1 30
3 NWU Pukke 8 6 0 2 267 152 +115 35 18 5 0 29
4 UFS Shimlas 8 4 0 4 245 255 -10 34 35 5 1 22
5 UCT Ikey Tigers 8 3 1 4 227 262 −35 30 34 5 1 20
6 Wits 8 3 0 5 215 309 −94 30 37 3 1 16
7 CUT Ixias 8 3 0 5 156 276 −120 17 39 2 0 14
8 UJ 8 1 0 7 159 239 −80 20 31 2 1 7
9 UWC 8 1 0 7 198 399 −201 26 56 3 0 7
Correct as at 4 April 2019.

Matches

The following matches were played in the 2019 Varsity Cup:[1]

Round One

Bye/s: UFS Shimlas

Round Two

Bye/s: NWU Pukke

Round Three

Bye/s: UCT Ikey Tigers

Round Four

Bye/s: UWC

Round Five

Bye/s: CUT Ixias

Round Six

Bye/s: Wits

Round Seven

Bye/s: Maties

Round Eight

Bye/s: UJ

Round Nine

Bye/s: UP Tuks

Play-offs

Semi-Finals

Final

North v South match

After the season, a further match was played between a selection of players from the northern universities — CUT Ixias, NWU Pukke, UJ, UP Tuks and Wits — and a selection of players from the southern universities — Maties, UCT Ikey Tigers, UFS Shimlas and UWC:[1]

References

  1. ^ a b "Nóg 'n nuwigheid in Varsitybeker". Netwerk24 (in Afrikaans). 20 November 2018. Retrieved 20 November 2018.