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Home Teams Rule The Roost

Each of the four home teams were in an unforgiving mood as they ran riot to score 19 of Round Six' 23 goals.
 
TUT's easy 4-0 win over second-placed CUT not only ensured them of ending the round robin phase on top of the log but also confirmed a home semifinal, while two-time champions UP-Tuks demolished newcomers Fort Hare 9-1 in Pretoria to keep themselves in the mix.
 
UJ remain in contention for a playoff spot with a 2-0 win over Wits as they claimed the Johannesburg bragging rights while NWU-Mafikeng had to fend off a spirited UWC comeback to clinch a nail-biting 4-3 victory in Mafikeng after the home side led 4-0.
 
Wits and Fort Hare have now been knocked out of the running and leaves five teams fighting it out for the remaining three semifinal places.
 
We look at all the Round Six action!
 
UJ 2-0 Wits
 
Both sides pushed hard in the opening minutes and created chances but were let down by some poor first touches. That trend continued for much of the half but the home crowd were sent into ecstasy on the stroke of half-time.
 
Katlego Ntsabeleng showed excellent control before beating two defenders and calmly slotting the ball into the back of the net in the 45th minute.
 
Wits pressed hard for the equaliser at the resumption of play but all their efforts were snuffed out by some determined UJ defending. Emotions ran high as the match drew to an end as the referee had no choice but to brandish numerous yellow cards.
 
With the visitors throwing numbers forward, they were hit on the counter-attack during additional time. Ntsabeleng's perfectly weighted cross was controlled by replacement Samuel Warder and the striker made no mistake in slamming the ball into the far corner.
 
TUT 4-0 CUT
 
It was a cagey start in the opening 10 minutes as the teams got a feel for each other and it would be the home side who broke the deadlock in the 12th minute. A Thabang Motau corner curled its way straight into the back of the net.
 
Sipho Sibiya ensured the log leaders extended their lead in the 25th minute when he slammed home a stunning header as the home side went into the break with a 2-0 lead.
 
Dumisani Msibi was called into action in the 59th minute and stood up to the challenge as he saved a CUT penalty to ensure his side maintained their two-goal lead. That save proved crucial as TUT wrapped up the match in the 86th minute.
 
Jacob Hlalele ensuring he took the chance presented to him to slam home his side's third goal before Tumelo Mowa completed the scoring to wrap up the points.
 
UP-Tuks 9-1 UFH
 
The match got off to a blistering start as Fort Hare shocked the home side in the opening minute when an Andile Batyi corner was headed home by an unmarked Sindile Mlilo. Their joy was short lived though as an own goal allowed the home side to draw level.
 
Tuks settled from that point and grabbed the lead when Mogau Khwinana glanced a header past the Fort Hare keeper. Tiago de Serra then got in on the action with a header of his own to hand the home side a 3-1 lead.
 
There was no stopping the two-time champions in the second half as they bagged a further six goals to romp to victory. Neat interplay between Frank Mpedi and de Serra saw Mpedi add his name to the scoresheet before he grabbed his second in the 59th minute.
 
Mbongeni Masilela grabbed Tuks' sixth goal before Khwinana added two in quick succession to complete his hat-trick and make it 8-1 in the home side's favour. Sego Mokgothu rounded off the scoring late in the game to complete the demolition.
 
NWU-Mafikeng 4-3 UWC
 
NWU made the perfect start when Mogomotsi Molefe burst down the right wing and sent a low cross across the face of the goal. Orebotse Mongae popped up at the back post and slotted the ball home. The home side extended their lead 20 minutes later when a corner was powerfully headed home by Sandile Mbatha.
 
The goals kept coming for the Mafikeng side as Vusi Ludwala got in on the action in the 24th minute. UWC goalkeeper (NAME) spilt a long-range strike to an opposition player who handed the goal to Ludwala the goal on a silver platter. The striker grabbed a double in the 30th minute when his glances header flew into the far post.
 
NWU found the back of the net for a fifth time in the half when Wendelle Martin bundled the ball into his own net after failing to properly deal with a Nhlanhla Manana cross.
 
UWC coach Salie Adams rang the changes in the second half, bringing on two attacking players in place of two defensive ones and the move paid off as first substitute Josh Silent headed home in the 71st minute after being left unmarked.
 
Then, 13 minutes later, fellow substitute Chad Smith ensured a tense finish when he sent a rocket into NWU's net from outside the box. The defending champions pushed for the equaliser in the closing minutes but it was not meant to be.

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