2011 Varsity Cup

The 2011 Varsity Cup was contested from 7 February to 11 April 2011. The tournament (also known as the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International for sponsorship reasons) was the fourth season of the Varsity Cup, an annual inter-university rugby union competition featuring eight South African universities.

2011 Varsity Cup
CountriesSouth Africa
Date7 February – 11 April 2011
ChampionsUCT Ikey Tigers (1st title)
Runners-upUP Tuks
RelegatedNone
Matches played31
Tries scored166
(average 5.4 per match)
Top point scorerDemetri Catrakilis (136)
Top try scorerTherlow Pietersen (7)

The tournament was won by UCT Ikey Tigers for the first time; they beat UP Tuks 26–16 in the final played on 11 April 2011. TUT Vikings won their relegation play-off match against CUT Ixias to remain in the Varsity Cup for 2012.

Competition

Varsity Cup

There were eight participating universities in the 2011 Varsity Cup. These teams played each other once over the course of the season, either home or away.

Teams received four points for a win and two points for a draw. Bonus points were awarded to teams that scored 4 or more tries in a game, as well as to teams that lost a match by 7 points or less. Teams were ranked by points, then points difference (points scored less points conceded).

The top 4 teams qualified for the title play-offs. In the semi-finals, the team that finished first had home advantage against the team that finished fourth, while the team that finished second had home advantage against the team that finished third. The winners of these semi-finals played each other in the final, at the home venue of the higher-placed team.

Varsity Shield

There were five participating universities in the 2011 Varsity Shield. These teams played each other twice over the course of the season, once at home and once away.

Teams received four points for a win and two points for a draw. Bonus points were awarded to teams that scored 4 or more tries in a game, as well as to teams that lost a match by 7 points or less. Teams were ranked by points, then points difference (points scored less points conceded).

The top two teams qualified for the title play-offs. The team that finished first had home advantage against the team that finished second.

Teams

The following teams took part in the 2011 Varsity Cup competition:

2011 Varsity Cup teams
Team Name University Stadium
MatiesStellenbosch UniversityDanie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch
NMMU MadibazNelson Mandela Metropolitan UniversityNMMU Stadium, Port Elizabeth
NWU PukkeNorth-West UniversityFanie du Toit Sport Ground, Potchefstroom
TUT VikingsTshwane University of TechnologyTUT Stadium, Pretoria
UCT Ikey TigersUniversity of Cape TownUCT Rugby Fields, Cape Town
UFS ShimlasUniversity of the Free StateShimla Park, Bloemfontein
UP TuksUniversity of PretoriaLC de Villiers Stadium, Pretoria
UJUniversity of JohannesburgUJ Stadium, Johannesburg

The following teams took part in the 2011 Varsity Shield competition:

2011 Varsity Shield teams
Team Name University Stadium
CUT IxiasCentral University of TechnologyCUT Stadium, Bloemfontein
UFH BluesUniversity of Fort HareDavidson Rugby Field, Alice
UKZN ImpiUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalPeter Booysen Sports Park, Pietermaritzburg
UWCUniversity of the Western CapeUWC Sport Stadium, Cape Town
WitsUniversity of the WitwatersrandWits Rugby Stadium, Johannesburg

Squads

Varsity Cup

Varsity Shield

Varsity Cup

Table

2011 Varsity Cup Table
Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Tries For Tries Against Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 UJ7601198159+4023183027
2 UCT Ikey Tigers7502213134+7923163023
3 UFS Shimlas7502181151+3023172123
4 UP Tuks7403203139+6425154222
5 Maties7403209138+7124154121
6 NWU Pukke7205173166+722183112
7 NMMU Madibaz7106112245-1331131127
8 TUT Vikings7106138296-1581536206
The top 4 teams qualified for the Semi-Finals.
The bottom team qualified for the Promotion/Relegation Play-Offs.

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 (UTC+2).

Regular Season

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

Play-Off Games

Semi-Finals
Final

Honours

2011 FNB
Varsity Cup Champions
UCT Ikey Tigers
1st title
Player That Rocks:
Callie Visagie ( Maties)
Forward That Rocks:
Hugo Kloppers ( Maties)
Back That Rocks:
Enrico Acker ( UFS Shimlas)
Top Try Scorer:
Therlow Pietersen ( UCT Ikey Tigers) [7]
Top Points Scorer:
Demetri Catrakilis ( UCT Ikey Tigers) [136]

Top scorers

The following sections contain only points and tries which have been scored in competitive games in the 2011 FNB Varsity Cup.

Varsity Shield

Table

2011 Varsity Shield Table
Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Tries For Tries Against Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 Wits8602213146+6726132127
2 CUT Ixias8503256208+4828195227
3 UWC8404195158+3726190319
4 UKZN Impi8305148234-8611260113
5 UFH Blues8205137193-5615290210
The top 2 teams will qualify for the Final.
The winner will qualify for the Promotion/Relegation Play-Offs.

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 (UTC+2).

Regular Season

Round One
Round Two
Round Three
Round Four
Round Five
Round Six
Round Seven
Round Eight
Round Nine
Round Ten

Play-Off Games

Final

Honours

2011 FNB
Varsity Shield Champions
CUT Ixias
1st title
Player That Rocks:
Garth van Rayner ( UFH Blues)
Forward That Rocks:
KK Kgame ( Wits)
Back That Rocks:
Inus Kritzinger ( CUT Ixias)
Top Try Scorer:
Riaan Arends ( Wits) [8]
Top Points Scorer:
Jannie Myburgh ( CUT Ixias) [97]

Top scorers

The following sections contain only points and tries which have been scored in competitive games in the 2011 FNB Varsity Shield.

Promotion/Relegation Play-Offs

TUT Vikings remain in the Varsity Cup competition and CUT Ixias remain in the Varsity Shield competition.

See also

References

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