2012 Varsity Rugby

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2012 Varsity Rugby
2011
2013

The 2012 Varsity Rugby competitions will be contested from 30 January to 9 April 2012. Varsity Rugby is the collective name of four rugby union competitions played between several university teams in South Africa, with the Varsity Cup being the premier competition. The 2012 season is the fifth edition of this tournament.1

Scoring

All four 2012 Varsity Rugby competitions will use a different scoring system to the regular system. Tries will be worth five points as usual, but conversions will be worth three points, while penalties and drop goals will only be worth two points.2

Varsity Cup

2012 Varsity Cup
Champions UP-Tuks
Runners-up Maties
Relegated TUT Vikings
Matches played 31
Tries scored 234 (average 7.548 per match)
Top point scorer Wesley Dunlop, UP-Tuks (83)
Top try scorer Chrysander Botha, UJ
Andrew van Wyk, NWU-Pukke (9)
2011
2013

Competition Rules

There are eight participating universities in the 2012 Varsity Cup. These teams will play each other once over the course of the season, either home or away.

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

The top four teams will qualify for the title play-offs. In the semi-finals, the team that finishes first will have home advantage against the team that finishes fourth, while the team that finishes second will have home advantage against the team that finishes third. The winners of these semi-finals will play each other in the final, at the home venue of the higher-placed team.

The team that finishes eighth in the Varsity Cup will be relegated to the 2013 Varsity Shield. The team that finishes seventh in the Varsity Cup will play a promotion/relegation match against the second-placed Varsity Shield team for a place in the 2013 Varsity Cup.3

Participating teams

Varsity Cup
Team Name University Stadium
UCT Ikey Tigers University of Cape Town UCT Rugby Fields
Maties Stellenbosch University Craven Stadium
NMMU Madibaz Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Xerox NMMU Stadium
NWU-Pukke North-West University Fanie du Toit Stadium
UFS Shimlas University of the Free State Xerox Shimla Park
UP-Tuks University of Pretoria L.C. de Villiers Rugby Stadium
TUT Vikings Tshwane University of Technology TUT Stadium
UJ University of Johannesburg UJ Stadium

Standings

2012 Varsity Cup Log
Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Tries For Tries Against Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 UP-Tuks 7 6 0 1 244 118 +126 31 16 5 1 30
2 Maties 7 6 1 0 206 84 +122 28 10 3 0 29
3 UJ 7 4 1 2 270 118 +152 35 15 5 1 24
4 NWU-Pukke 7 4 1 2 237 163 +74 32 21 5 1 24
5 NMMU Madibaz 7 3 0 4 233 240 -7 33 33 4 0 16
6 UFS Shimlas 7 2 0 5 188 257 -69 22 34 2 1 11
7 UCT Ikey Tigers 7 1 1 5 164 195 -31 23 25 2 1 9
8 TUT Vikings 7 0 0 7 82 449 -467 10 60 2 0 2
The top 4 teams qualified for the Semi-Finals.
The seventh-placed team played in the Promotion/Relegation Play-Offs.
The bottom team was relegated.

Points breakdown:
*4 points for a win
*2 points for a draw
*1 bonus point for a loss by seven points or less
*1 bonus point for scoring four or more tries in a match

Fixtures and results

  • Fixtures are subject to change.
  • All times are South African (GMT+2).

Regular Season

Round One
Round Two
Round Three
Round Four
Round Five
Round Six
Round Seven

Play-Off Games

Semi-Finals
Final

Honours

2012 FNB Varsity Cup Champions:
UP-Tuks (1st title)
Player That Rocks: Wesley Dunlop, UP-Tuks
Forward That Rocks: Jaco Swanepoel, NMMU Madibaz
Back That Rocks: Clayton Blommetjies, UP-Tuks
Top Try Scorers: Chrysander Botha, UJ
Andrew van Wyk, NWU-Pukke (9)
Top Points Scorer: Wesley Dunlop, UP-Tuks (83)


Varsity Shield

2012 Varsity Shield
Champions Wits
Runners-up CUT Ixias
Promoted Wits
Matches played 21
Tries scored 126 (average 6 per match)
Top point scorer Jannie Myburgh, CUT Ixias (108)
Top try scorer Inus Kritzinger, CUT Ixias
Alec Mhlanga, CUT Ixias
Cheslyn Roberts, UWC (6)
2011
2013

Competition Rules

There are five participating universities in the 2012 Varsity Shield. These teams will play each other twice over the course of the season, once at home and once away.4

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

The top two teams will qualify for the title play-offs. The team that finishes first will have home advantage against the team that finishes second.

The team that wins the Varsity Shield will be promoted to the 2013 Varsity Cup.

The team that loses in the play-off final will play a promotion/relegation match against the seventh placed Varsity Cup team for a place in the 2013 Varsity Cup.5

The team that finishes bottom might also be challenged to play in a play-off.

Participating teams

Location of teams in 2012 Varsity Shield
Varsity Shield
Team Name University Stadium
CUT Ixias Central University of Technology CUT Stadium
UFH Blues University of Fort Hare Davidson Rugby Field
UKZN Impi University of KwaZulu-Natal Peter Booysen Sports Park
UWC University of the Western Cape UWC Sport Stadium
Wits University of the Witwatersrand Wits Rugby Stadium

Standings

2012 Varsity Shield Log
Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Tries For Tries Against Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 CUT Ixias 8 6 0 2 283 120 +163 35 12 4 1 29
2 Wits 8 6 1 1 210 124 +86 25 16 3 0 29
3 UWC 8 4 0 4 230 242 -12 29 34 4 1 21
4 UFH Blues 8 3 1 4 143 235 -92 17 30 1 0 15
5 UKZN Impi 8 0 0 8 111 256 -145 16 30 1 2 3
The top 2 teams qualified for the Final.
The winner of the Final will be promoted.
The loser of the Final will play in the Promotion/Relegation Play-Off.

Points breakdown:
*4 points for a win
*2 points for a draw
*1 bonus point for a loss by seven points or less
*1 bonus point for scoring four or more tries in a match

Fixtures and results

  • Fixtures are subject to change.
  • All times are South African (GMT+2).

Regular Season

Round One
Bye/s: UKZN Impi
Round Two
Bye/s: UWC
Round Three
Bye/s: CUT Ixias
Round Four
Bye/s: Wits
Round Five
Bye/s: UFH Blues
Round Six
Bye/s: UKZN Impi
Round Seven
Bye/s: UWC
Round Eight
Bye/s: UFH Blues
Round Nine
Bye/s: CUT Ixias
Round Ten
Bye/s: Wits

Play-Off Games

Final

Squads

The following players made at least one matchday squad during the season:

Honours

2012 FNB Varsity Shield Champions:
Wits (1st title)
Player That Rocks: Banda Masixole, UFH Blues
Forward That Rocks: Charlton van Jaarsveld, UWC
Back That Rocks: Inus Kritzinger, CUT Ixias
Top Try Scorers: Inus Kritzinger, CUT Ixias
Alec Mhlanga, CUT Ixias
Cheslyn Roberts, UWC (6)
Top Points Scorer: Jannie Myburgh, CUT Ixias (108)


Promotion/Relegation

Promotion/Relegation Play-Off

2013 Varsity Cup Play-Off

2013 Varsity Shield Play-Off

Young Guns

Competition Rules

There are eight participating universities in the 2012 Young Guns competition. These teams are divided into two pools (the FNB pool and the Steinhoff pool) and will play the other teams in the pool once over the course of the season, either home or away.

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

The top two teams in each pool will qualify for the title play-offs. In the semi-finals, the teams that finish first will have home advantage against the teams that finish second in their respective pools. The winners of these semi-finals will play each other in the final.6

Participating teams

Young Guns
Team Name Sponsored Name University Stadium
Maties Juniors Steinhoff Maties Juniors Stellenbosch University Craven Stadium
NMMU Young Guns FNB NMMU Young Guns Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Xerox NMMU Stadium
NWU Pukke Young Guns FNB NWU Pukke Young Guns North-West University Fanie du Toit Stadium
TUT Vikings Young Guns FNB TUT Vikings Young Guns Tshwane University of Technology TUT Stadium
UCT Trojans FNB UCT Trojans University of Cape Town UCT Rugby Fields
UFS Shimlas Young Guns FNB UFS Shimlas Young Guns University of the Free State Xerox Shimla Park
UJ Young Guns FNB UJ Young Guns University of Johannesburg UJ Stadium
UP Tuks Young Guns FNB UP Tuks Young Guns University of Pretoria L.C. de Villiers Rugby Stadium

Standings

2012 Young Guns FNB Pool Log
Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Tries For Tries Against Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 UP Tuks Young Guns 3 3 0 0 248 41 +207 32 5 3 0 15
2 UFS Shimlas Young Guns 3 2 0 1 147 76 +71 20 8 3 1 12
3 UCT Trojans 3 1 0 2 73 95 -22 9 13 1 1 6
4 TUT Vikings 3 0 0 3 22 278 -256 2 37 0 0 0
2012 Young Guns Steinhoff Pool Log
Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Tries For Tries Against Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 Maties Juniors 3 2 0 1 128 52 +76 18 6 3 1 12
2 NWU Pukke Young Guns 3 2 0 1 139 55 +84 17 8 2 1 11
3 UJ Young Guns 3 2 0 1 106 79 +27 14 10 2 1 11
4 NMMU Young Guns 3 0 0 3 21 208 -187 3 28 0 0 0
The top 2 teams in each pool will qualify for the Semi-Finals.

Points breakdown:
*4 points for a win
*2 points for a draw
*1 bonus point for a loss by seven points or less
*1 bonus point for scoring four or more tries in a match

Fixtures and results

  • Fixtures are subject to change.
  • All times are South African (GMT+2).

Regular Season

Round One
Round Two
Round Three
Round Five
Round Six
Round Seven

Play-Off Games

Semi-Finals
Final

Honours

2012 FNB Young Guns Champions:
UP Tuks Young Guns (1st title)

Koshuis Rugby Championships

Competition Rules

There are eight participating teams in the 2012 Koshuis Rugby Championships - the winners of the internal leagues of each of the eight Varsity Cup teams. These teams are divided into two pools (the Penny Pinchers pool and the Hertz pool) and will play the other teams in the pool once over the course of the season, either home or away.

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

The top two teams in each pool will qualify for the title play-offs. In the semi-finals, the teams that finish first will have home advantage against the teams that finish second in their respective pools. The winners of these semi-finals will play each other in the final.7

Participating teams

Koshuis Rugby Championships
Koshuis Name University Team Name University Team
Bastion UJ University of Johannesburg
Cobras UCT Ikey Tigers University of Cape Town
Dagbreek Maties Stellenbosch University
Monitor TUT Vikings Tshwane University of Technology
Mopanie UP-Tuks University of Pretoria
Oppidani NMMU Madibaz Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Patria NWU-Pukke North-West University
Vishuis UFS Shimlas University of the Free State

Standings

2012 Koshuis Rugby Championships Penny Pinchers Pool Log
Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Bonus Points Points
1 Vishuis, UFS Shimlas 3 3 0 0 174 45 +129 2 14
2 Dagbreek, Maties 3 2 0 1 72 46 +26 2 10
3 Mopanie, UP-Tuks 3 1 0 2 75 50 +25 3 7
4 Monitor, TUT Vikings 3 0 0 3 37 217 -180 0 0
2012 Koshuis Rugby Championships Hertz Pool Log
Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Bonus Points Points
1 Patria, NWU-Pukke 3 2 0 1 156 57 +99 4 12
2 Cobras, UCT Ikey Tigers 3 2 0 1 96 61 +35 3 11
3 Bastion, UJ 3 2 0 1 84 86 -2 1 9
4 Oppidani, NMMU Madibaz 3 0 0 3 36 168 -132 0 0
The top 2 teams in each pool will qualify for the Semi-Finals.

Points breakdown:
*4 points for a win
*2 points for a draw
*1 bonus point for a loss by seven points or less
*1 bonus point for scoring four or more tries in a match

Fixtures and results

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

Regular Season

Round One
Round Two
Round Three
Round Four
Round Five

Play-Off Games

Semi-Finals
Final

Honours

2012 Steinhoff Koshuis Rugby Champions:
Vishuis, UFS Shimlas (2nd title)

See also

References

  1. ^ "Varsity Cup bigger and better". sport24.co.za. 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  2. ^ "VC Rugby 'points' ahead". varsitycup.co.za. 2011-11-17. Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  3. ^ "Varsity Cup Competition Rules 2012". varsitycup.co.za. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  4. ^ "CUT to open the innings!". varsitycup.co.za. 2011-09-09. Retrieved 2011-09-14. 
  5. ^ "Varsity Shield Competition Rules 2012". varsitycup.co.za. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  6. ^ "Varsity Young Guns Competition Rules 2012". varsitycup.co.za. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  7. ^ "Steinhoff Koshuis Competition Rules 2012". varsitycup.co.za. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 

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