TUT smacked Wits in Joburg to take the third spot on the Varsity Football table, while UJ just edges UP-Tuks as the kings of the log on goal difference after the Pretoria side soared up the table after hammering UWC in Belville.
UP-Tuks smack UWC to confirm semi-final spot
UP-Tuks defeated home side UWC 3-0 at the Operation Room on Thursday evening.
In classic UP-Tuks fashion, after a slow start to the season, UP-Tuks have secured themselves a spot on in the semi-finals.
The Stripe Generation played with intent from the first minute, pelting UWC goal-keeper Renaldo Leaner with some threatening shots from kick-off. The visitors' audacity would pay off though after Chinedu Okolo scored one of his trademark headers to get his side the early lead.
UP-Tuks strengthened their grip on the game with another goal, this time from Dylan Murchie, making the score 2-0.
The home side floundered for an advantage in the game but could not compete with the UP-Tuks's well-drilled defence.
UWC's season officially flat-lined at The Operation in the 48th minute after Jeremiah Nkwana netted a perfectly weighted free-kick from 20 metres out.
UP-Tuks will host bitter rivals TUT in the semi-final at the UP-Tuks Stadium on Thursday 27 September.
UP-TUKS: Chinedu Okolo, Jurgen Murchie, Jerry Nkwana
NWU hand UJ first defeat
The Nobel Boys handed UJ their first defeat of the season after claiming a 1-0 victory over the Joburgers in Mahikeng on Thursday.
It will bitter-sweet for NWU to take the win but not make the semi-finals after TUT beat Wits to edge the Mahikeng side out of the business end of the competition.
In a largely forgetful game of attrition, NWU were able to smother the usually electrifying UJ attack and keep them at bay. Despite some nifty movements from the visitors, NWU's defence were able to suck up the pressure.
It would be the home side that would eventually break the opposition's defence with NWU's Banele Hlophe lifting a wonderful lob over the UJ goalkeeper Sandile Ngobese, who was otherwise outstanding throughout the evening.
UJ will now host Wits in the semi-final on Thursday 27 September.
NWU: Banele Hlophe
UKZN claim first win
UKZN finally claimed their first win of the season after defeating UL 3-0 at the Peter Booysen Stadium.
It was a forgettable season for both teams, but UKZN can take confidence from two draws and a victory in their maiden season.
It looked as though UKZN might have to settle for their third draw of the competition after half-time had gone with no goals from either teams. And most of the second half was no different till the 79th minutes where UKZN found their feet Bongumenzi Zulu scored to give his side the advantage.
A 1-0 victory would have done the home side fine, but six minutes stoppage time was added to the game and UKZN used it to its full extent.
Two goals would come after regular time with Anele Ngubane and captain Nqubeko Dlamini both add scores to make their side's tally 3-0 to the delight of their faithful crowd.
UKZN: Bongumenzi Zulu, Anele Ngubane, Nqubeko Dlamini
TUT shock Wits
TUT claimed a 4-2 win in their Jukskei Derby against UJ in Johannesburg to finish third on the Varsity Football log and push Wits to fourth.
With Wits already having confirmed their spot in the semifinal stage of the tournament, it was just a matter of securing a home semifinal for the hosts.
TUT's Godfrey Mahlala would start off the scoring when he received a ball in-front of the Wits box, which he quickly trapped and released a thunderbolt to send his team into an early lead. Wits however did not take too long to get back in the game, with Baliwe Moyakhe silencing the away end, after he received a cross from the left hand side to calmly slide the ball past TUT shot stopper Sikhumbuzo Ncube for the equalizer.
TUT were awarded a penalty and Godfrey Mahlala stepped up and sent Wits goalie Daniel Meyer the wrong way and TUT into a 2-1 lead going into the break.
The second half commenced with the Witsies leveling matters, courtesy of a well taken goal from the skipper Tshireletso Motsogi.
The next goal did eventually come for TUT, with Mahlala producing yet another stunning shot that got him his hat-trick and his team a 3-2 lead.
TUT's Emmanuel Mahlangu killed the home sides hopes of a comeback, when he pushed the ball beyond Meyer and made it 4-2 with just two minutes to go in the game.
In the end TUT held onto secure a win and spot in the semifinal against their neighbours UP-Tuks, whilst Wits will make the short trip to Soweto, to play their rivals UJ.
Wits: Baliwe Moyakhe, Tshireletso Motsogi
TUT: Godfrey Mahlala (3), Emmanuel Mahlangu