The NWU Eagles survived a second-half onslaught from the UCT Ikey Tigers to secure their first Varsity Cup title since 2016 in a thrilling final in Potchefstroom on Monday night.
The NWU Eagles and UCT Ikey Tigers will battle for the Varsity Cup title in the 2023 final.
In a dramatic final round of the 2023 Varsity Cup, the NWU Eagles and UFS Shimlas booked home semi-finals, while UJ escaped the relegation zone by condemning UP-Tuks to a winless campaign.
The high-flying NWU Eagles became the first team to secure a home semi-final on a day that saw defending champions UP-Tuks relegated in the penultimate round of the 2023 Varsity Cup on Monday.
There were big wins for the NWU Eagles and UCT Ikey Tigers as the Varsity Cup playoff race heated up in the fifth round of action on Monday.
NWU Eagles fullback Tino Swanepoel scored one of the tries of the tournament when he danced his way through a couple of tackles and sprinted clear from inside his own half.
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.
Round seven of the Varsity Cup saw plenty of thrilling action, including wins for UP-Tuks, NWU Eagles, UWC, Shimlas and UCT in the tournament’s 500th match on Monday.
Check out highlights from the thrilling second round of the Varsity Cup season, including the three games not televised.