Tuks flyhalf Joshua Stander missed an 81st minute conversion to hand UJ a narrow 18-17 victory, while there were also wins for Maties and Pukke in round four of the Varsity Cup on Monday.
Maties trounced defending champions Pukke 31-9 in Stellenbosch, while there were also wins for UCT, Tuks and Wits in round three of the Varsity Cup on Monday.
The defending Varsity Cup champions claimed a 37-7 win in Potchefstroom.
Maties clinched a tense 26-14 victory over Wits in Stellenbosch, while there were also wins for Pukke, Shimlas and UCT in round two of the Varsity Cup on Monday.
Pukke got their title defence off to a solid start with a 16-12 victory over UJ in Johannesburg in the opening round of the Varsity Cup, while there were also wins for Shimlas, Tuks and NMMU.
The opening round of the restructured, nine-team Varsity Cup tournament will feature a match between newly-promoted Wits and former champions Shimlas in Johannesburg on Monday.
The 10th edition of the Varsity Cup will see a number of rule and format changes, which includes the addition of a ninth team to the competition.
UKZN rugby chairman Nic Haswell has no issue with the ruling that cleared Pukke for allegedly fielding an ineligible player, but is disappointed by the manner in which the whole process was handled. CRAIG LEWIS reports.
Charges brought against Pukke for allegedly fielding an ineligible player in this year's Varsity Cup have been officially dismissed.
Pukke have been found not guilty of fielding an ineligible player in this year's Varsity Cup.
Maties beat UWC 19-5 in the Cup final of the Varsity Sevens in Cape Town on Monday.
The hearing into the alleged contravention of the Varsity Cup regulations by champions Pukke in relation to an ineligible player has been postponed.
Pukke could be stripped of the Varsity Cup title for fielding an ineligible player throughout the season.
Wits scored five unanswered tries to thump UWC 39-2 in the Varsity Shield final at Wits Rugby Stadium on Monday.
Pukke piled on the pressure for a full nine minutes before scoring the match-winning try against Maties.
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