Varsity Football Semi-Final Permutations
Permutations For Varsity Football Semi-Final
We look at the scenarios all dependent on the outcome of the Tuks versus UWC clash on Monday evening.
Games: 7, Won: 5, Drew: 2, Lost: 0, Goal Difference: 14, Points: 17
Unquestionably the form team of the tournament thus far, the defending champions have looked a class above anyone else. They possess arguably the Player of the Tournament, Themba Ndlovu, too and he will be looking to continue his form now that TUT are at the business stage of the tournament. They have only suffered two hiccups at the beginning and end stage of the league phase when they dropped points against Tuks and NWU respectively. They cannot be overtaken at the top of the log regardless of Monday’s result and will host one semi-final.
Games: 6, Won: 4, Drew: 0, Lost: 2, Goal Difference: 15, Points: 12
The boys from the University of Western Cape finally shook off their hoodoo of being “bad travellers” with an emphatic 5-1 victory over the University of Johannesburg in the last round to secure their semi-final spot. The win eliminated last season’s runners-up. UWC have it all to play as defeat on Monday will see them lose out on a home semi-final to Tuks. This will be crucial to the eventual outcome of the competition as UWC have been simply sensational at their “Operation Room” in Bellville by scoring 14 goals without reply in their three home matches. A draw will also be sufficient to secure a home playoff, but they will look to continue their new-found good away form at Tuks.
Games: 7, Won: 4, Drew: 0, Lost: 3, Goal Difference: 1, Points: 12
CUT side are the third side assured of semi-final qualification. They have been inconsistent, but have managed to secure the all-important four victories that have booked their progression. The Bloemfontein side managed to put two consecutive wins together, against Wits and TUT (both 2-0) in Round Three and Round Four behind them to get their campaign back on track when it really mattered.
Games: 6, Won: 3, Drew: 2, Lost: 1, Goal Difference: 7, Points: 11
It has been a stuttering campaign for the two-time former champions with Tuks only picking up two points from their first three games. The attempt to catch up on the leaders was further foiled when a host of Tuks’ players were called up for national duty at the World Student Games in Tapei, which forced the Pretoria side to miss a couple of matches. Upon their return, though, they have shown their class by putting eight goals past strugglers Wits and UFH. Victory is all-important for Tuks on Monday evening as it will see them leapfrog their opponents into second place and secure a home semi-final. Tuks have to be wary though as a defeat by more than three goals will see them lose out on a semi-final place altogether.
Games: 7, Won: 3, Drew: 2, Lost: 2, Goal Difference: 5, Points: 11
North-West will be keeping a close eye on proceedings at Tuks for their future participation in Varsity Football 2017 depends on it. It is out of their hands now and they can only hope UWC thrash Tuks by two goals or more. Anything less and that will be the end of the road for NWU.