Maties bounced back from an opening-round defeat to take the Cape derby bragging rights, while defending Varsity Cup champions NWU Eagles continued their unbeaten start.
NWU Eagles got the defence of their title off to a winning start in the first round of the 2024 Varsity Cup with a hard-fought away victory over Maties.
With the 2024 season of the Varsity Cup kicking off on Monday, 19 February, here are players to watch from each of the eight teams.
Maties Rugby Club has reportedly been left “dismayed” by the process that was followed in appointing former Springbok flank Kabamba Floors as the new Varsity Cup head coach.
Maties have confirmed that ex-Springbok and England forwards coach Matt Proudfoot has been replaced as head coach of the Varsity Cup side by a former Springbok.
The NWU Eagles and UCT Ikey Tigers will battle for the Varsity Cup title in the 2023 final.
Shimlas winger Siviwe Zondani showed outstanding pace and tidy footwork to blitz Maties for a brilliant individual try in the Varsity Cup.
Maties held on to record their fourth win of the 2023 Varsity Cup against defending champions Tuks at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch on Monday night.
There was a close call for Maties in a 110-point thriller, while earlier in the day the CUT Ixias continued their dream run in the Varsity Cup on Monday.
Bloemfontein-based CUT grabbed another upset victory to leave UP-Tuks winless after three rounds of the Varsity Cup, while Maties survived a scare in Potchefstroom to get their campaign back on track on Monday.