The fifth round of Varsity Football took place on Monday night. NMMU got back on track with an impressive 4-0 victory over Kovsies in Bloemfontein, and UJ handed UCT their second consecutive 6-0 defeat in Soweto. Both winning teams are excited about next week’s fixtures as they prepare to hopefully take part in the quarterfinals. The other two fifth round matches both ended in draws, with Limpopo earning their second log point of the season against UWC in Bellville, and NWU earning their first point against UP-Tuks in Pretoria. Next week’s fixtures are sure to solidify the log standings as we head for the final stages of the tournament.

The first game to kick off on Monday will definitely be the game to watch, as NWU and UJ, both unbeaten, square up to each other. This week NWU had to come from behind against UP-Tuks twice in Pretoria on Monday to maintain their unbeaten run this season. Having lost twice to the eventual champions last season, NWU had a point to prove in their Round Five clash, and worked hard for their 2-2 draw in a thrilling encounter. NWU will be looking for more than a draw in the crucial sixth round. UJ’s unbeaten path to the sixth round included three wins and two draws. Their defence has been rock solid and their attack strong, conceding just 4 and notching up an impressive 17 goals. UJ recorded a resounding 6-0 victory over UCT in their previous game. Carnell is a disciplinarian and is hoping the competition’s underdogs make a loud, positive statement in the sixth round.

Next week will see a confident NMMU come up against Limpopo. Their 4 goals against UFS on Monday were clinical and top class. The NMMU team have found their form again and will be determined to surge up the log should the teams above them stumble. Limpopo find themselves in the same situation as UCT – winless. The sixth round away game will be tough as the team from the north have very few travelling supporters to cheer for them. They will, however, be feeling buoyant after salvaging a draw against UWC in the last round. Limpopo need to take every game as it comes and learn from the valuable experiences. This will ensure that they will come back fighting if they make it to next year’s tournament.

In the third game on Monday night, a determined UP-Tuks team faces UWC. The Pretoria team will be going all out for a win after missing out on three points at home against NWU on Monday. They will be hoping not only for a less windy Cape Town come Monday, but also that NWU and UJ play to a draw. This will allow them to leapfrog the two teams and jump up the log should they beat UWC. The team from UWC will no doubt put up a fight as they come up against the defending champs, who will be out for blood.

In the final game of the night, UCT challenge Kovsies. Both teams suffered massive defeats in the fifth round. Kovsies will be away to UCT at the Green Mile and will need to find their form if they want to make the playoffs. UCT will be pleased to be heading home and playing in from of a supportive home crowd. They will be determined to regain their pride after five successive defeats in the earlier rounds. The Cape Town team will be hoping to raise their spirits with their first victory in the tournament, but they will be up against a resolute Kovsies team that is determined to take all three points.

CEO for Varsity Sports, Duitser Bosman, says, “The excitement and quality of Varsity Football is what draws the crowds to these events. These high-energy events are well organised and offer huge spectator entertainment.”

Marketing Executive for Varsity Sports, Guy Loxton adds, “Varsity Sports is seeing many promising sportsmen and women competing successfully at its events, and gaining the attention they deserve.”

Bringing much of the excitement often seen at US collegiate sports Varsity Sports events are renowned as much for their athletic mettle as they are for their showmanship, with flashy cheerleaders, pyrotechnics, thumping music and screaming fans. The concept is that of a playground, where the best footballers can test themselves against their peers. Market-leading brands sponsor the platform, with Samsung, Debonairs Pizza, FNB, Cell C and Jet Mart as the lead football sponsors.

The sixth round of Varsity Football will roll out from the 25th August in Mafikeng, Port Elizabeth, Bellville, and Cape Town. Matches will be broadcast live on SuperSport, bringing the excitement of a Varsity Football event into the homes of the viewers. Games with a 16:45 starting time will be aired on both channels 210 and 204. The programme is as follows:

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