Stalemate in Pretoria
There was no separating UP-Tuks and NWU-Mafikeng who played out to an exciting 2-2 draw at the Tuks Stadium in Pretoria.
The top of the table clash lived up to the pre-match hype as it was billed to be the match of Round Five and the players delivered the goods on the field.
The home side enjoyed much of the possession in the early exchanges but were unable to make it count as they failed to pose a threat to the NWU defence.
NWU had a chance to take the lead in the 20th minute when Lindani Dudula latched onto a Tuks back pass but he couldn't keep his shot down.
Mbongeni Masilela got onto the end of a pass from Lawrence Ntswane in the 24th minute and, following a slip from the NWU defence, made no mistake in slotting the ball into the back of the visitor's net.
The goal sparked an increase in pace and intensity from both sides as NWU looked for an equaliser but they couldn't penetrate a resolute Tuks defence.
Tuks went on the attack again and neat interplay between Robin Swartz and Lindsay Stowman saw them gain attacking momentum but were stopped in their tracks by a sturdy NWU defence.
NWU went on an attack of their own in the 37th minute but they couldn't draw level as Orebotse Mongae sent his shot wide.
The hosts went into the halftime break holding a slender 1-0 lead.
UP-Tuks came out firing in the second half as they attempted to extend their lead with Swartz dictating play.
Tuks increased their lead in the 56th minute when Jeremiah Nkwana tapped the ball into the net after Masilela passed the ball to Richard Moremi who then put Nkwana through for an easy goal.
NWU jumped straight into action and struck back immediately when a long ball from Tshenolo Machwisa found Dudula who made no mistake in getting the visitors on the board.
It was end-to-end football after that as both teams attempted to gain ascendency in the match but cancelled each other's efforts out.
NWU level matters in the 81st minute when Mongae pounced on a defensive error and calmly slotted the ball into the top left corner.
Tuks threw everything they had at the visitors in the closing stages of the match but NWU stood firm to deny the hosts from claiming maximum points as the match ended in an entertaining and exciting 2-2 draw.
FNB Man of the Match: Lawrence Ntswane
Samsung Super Striker: Orebotse Mongae
For UP: Masilela, Nkwana
For NWU: Dudula, Mongae
UP-Tuks: 32 Lebo Ngubeni, 3 Robin Swartz, 8 Nicholas Killas, 13 Lindsay Stowman, 4 Lawrence Ntswane, 10 Jeremiah Nkwana, 11 Richard Moremi, 5 Simbongile Njokwe, 15 Jarryd Van Den Berg, 2 Botshelo Mfulwane, 9 Mbongeni Masilela.
Substitutes: 1 Nicholas Stothard, 21 Khumbulani Siluma, 7 Luke Steyl, 20 Thabo Ndlovu, 22 Dean Wilkinson, 18 Lucky Mathosi, 23 Vuze-Umuze Khoza.
NWU-Mafikeng: 1 Amogelang Maduo, 7 Sipho Mateis, 2 Lebogang Phetlhu, 3 Sifiso Ngwenya, 20 Tseko Weevirs, 12 Mogomotsi Molefe, 6 Sandile Mbatha, 13 Thatohatsi Santos, 10 Orebotse Mongae, 9 Tshenolo Machwisa, 11 Lindani Dudula.
Substitutes: 16 Xolani Mtshali, 24 Aobakwe Mopelwa, 25 Goitseone Naane, 21 Lebogang Motshegare, 22 Madie Makwela, 18 Thapelo Tlabakwe, 8 Kagiso Modimoeng.