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2018 Varsity Rugby was the 2018 edition of four rugby union competitions annually played between several university teams in South Africa. It was contested from 29 January to 16 April 2018 and was the eleventh edition of these competitions.

Varsity Cup[edit]

The following teams competed in the 2018 Varsity Cup: CUT Ixias, Maties, NMMU Madibaz, NWU Pukke, UCT Ikey Tigers, UFS Shimlas, UJ, UP Tuks and Wits. All these teams also played in the competition in 2017. The competition was won by Maties, who beat NWU Pukke 40–7 in the final. NMU Madibaz finished bottom of the log and were relegated to the 2019 Varsity Shield. CUT Ixias remained in the Varsity Cup for 2019 after beating the WSU All Blacks in a relegation play-off.

Varsity Shield[edit]

The following teams competed in the 2018 Varsity Shield: CPUT, Rhodes, TUT Vikings, UFH Blues, UKZN Impi, UWC and WSU All Blacks. All these teams also played in the competition in 2017. The competition was won by UWC, who beat WSU All Blacks 55–10 in the final. UWC were promoted to the 2019 Varsity Cup for the first time, while the WSU All Blacks remained in the Varsity Shield for 2019 after losing to CUT Ixias in a promotion play-off.

Promotion/relegation play-offs[edit]

2019 Varsity Cup play-off[edit]

There was a promotion/relegation match between CUT Ixias, who finished eighth in the 2018 Varsity Cup and the WSU All Blacks, who finished runners-up in the 2018 Varsity Shield. CUT Ixias won 37–31 to retain their place in the Varsity Cup for 2019, while the WSU All Blacks remained in the Varsity Shield competition.

2019 Varsity Shield play-off[edit]

There was a promotion/relegation match between Rhodes, who finished seventh in the 2018 Varsity Shield and the University of Zululand, as the best-performing non-Varsity Rugby team at the USSA tournament.[2] Rhodes won 44–5 to retain their place in the Varsity Shield for 2019.

Young Guns[edit]

Competition rules[edit]

There were nine participating universities in the 2018 Young Guns competition, the Under-20 sides of each of the nine Varsity Cup teams. These teams were divided into three regionalised sections and each team played every team in their section 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 four or more tries in a game, as well as to teams that lost a match by eight points or less. Teams were ranked by log points, then points difference (points scored less points conceded).

The three section winners qualified for the semi-finals, along with the runner-up with the best record.

Teams[edit]

2018 Young Guns North teams
Team University Stadium
UJ Young Guns University of Johannesburg UJ Stadium, Johannesburg
UP Tuks Young Guns University of Pretoria LC de Villiers Stadium, Pretoria
Wits Young Guns University of the Witwatersrand Wits Rugby Stadium, Johannesburg
2018 Young Guns Central teams
Team University Stadium
CUT Young Guns Central Institute of Technology CUT Stadium, Bloemfontein
NWU Pukke Young Guns North-West University Fanie du Toit Sport Ground, Potchefstroom
UFS Shimlas Young Guns University of the Free State Shimla Park, Bloemfontein
2018 Young Guns South teams
Team University Stadium
Maties Juniors Stellenbosch University Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch
NMMU Young Guns Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University NMU Stadium, Port Elizabeth
UCT Trojans University of Cape Town UCT Rugby Fields, Cape Town

Young Guns North[edit]

Log[edit]

The final standings for the 2018 Varsity Cup Young Guns North were:

2018 Varsity Cup Young Guns North log
Pos Team Pl W D L PF PA PD BP Pts
1 UP Tuks Young Guns 4 4 0 0 318 49 +269 4 17
2 UJ Young Guns 4 2 0 2 70 193 −123 1 9
3 Wits Young Guns 4 0 0 4 57 203 −146 3 5

Matches[edit]

The following matches were played in the 2018 Varsity Cup Young Guns North:

Young Guns Central[edit]

Log[edit]

The final standings for the 2018 Varsity Cup Young Guns Central were:

2018 Varsity Cup Young Guns Central log
Pos Team Pl W D L PF PA PD BP Pts
1 UFS Shimlas Young Guns 4 4 0 0 262 126 +136 4 20
2 NWU Pukke Young Guns 4 2 0 2 227 162 +65 4 12
3 CUT Young Guns 4 0 0 4 109 310 −201 2 2

Matches[edit]

The following matches were played in the 2018 Varsity Cup Young Guns Central:

Young Guns South[edit]

Log[edit]

The final standings for the 2018 Varsity Cup Young Guns South were:

2018 Varsity Cup Young Guns South log
Pos Team Pl W D L PF PA PD BP Pts
1 Maties Juniors 4 4 0 0 207 66 +141 4 20
2 UCT Trojans 4 2 0 2 73 113 −40 1 9
3 NMMU Young Guns 4 0 0 4 73 174 −101 2 2

Matches[edit]

The following matches were played in the 2018 Varsity Cup Young Guns South:

Semi-Finals[edit]

Final[edit]

Res Rugby[edit]

Competition rules[edit]

There were nine participating teams in the 2018 Res Rugby competition — the new name for the competition formerly known as the Koshuis Rugby Championship[25] — the winners of the internal leagues of each of the nine Varsity Cup teams. These teams were divided into two divisions (a Championship division with five teams and a Premiership division with four teams) and each team played every team in their division once over the course of the season, either at home or away.

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

The top two teams in the Championship qualified for the final.

Teams[edit]

2018 Res Rugby Championship teams
Team University Stadium
Huis Marais (Maties) Stellenbosch University Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch
Lions (CUT) Central Institute of Technology CUT Stadium, Bloemfontein
Maroela (Tuks) University of Pretoria LC de Villiers Stadium, Pretoria
Patria (Pukke) North-West University Fanie du Toit Sport Ground, Potchefstroom
Vishuis (Shimlas) University of the Free State Shimla Park, Bloemfontein
2018 Res Rugby Premiership teams
Team University Stadium
Cobras (UCT) University of Cape Town UCT Rugby Fields, Cape Town
Harlequins (Madibaz) Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University NMU Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Junction (Wits) University of the Witwatersrand Wits Rugby Stadium, Johannesburg
Oppierif (UJ) University of Johannesburg UJ Stadium, Johannesburg

Championship[edit]

Log[edit]

The final standings for the 2018 Res Rugby Championship were:

2018 Res Rugby Championship log
Pos Team Pl W D L PF PA PD BP Pts
1 Patria (Pukke) 4 4 0 0 131 73 +58 3 19
2 Vishuis (Shimlas) 4 3 0 1 143 45 +98 3 15
3 Maroela (Tuks) 4 2 0 2 84 104 −20 3 11
4 Huis Marais (Maties) 4 1 0 3 86 110 −24 3 7
5 Lions (CUT) 4 0 0 4 59 171 −112 1 1
  • Patria (Pukke) and Vishuis (Shimlas) qualified for the final.

Matches[edit]

The following matches were played in the 2018 Res Rugby Championship:

Final[edit]

Premiership[edit]

Log[edit]

The final standings for the 2018 Res Rugby Premiership were:

2018 Res Rugby Premiership log
Pos Team Pl W D L PF PA PD BP Pts
1 Oppierif (UJ) 3 3 0 0 141 24 +117 3 15
2 Cobras (UCT) 3 2 0 1 74 59 +15 2 10
3 Harlequins (Madibaz) 3 1 0 2 36 71 −35 0 4
4 Junction (Wits) 3 0 0 3 20 117 −97 0 0

Matches[edit]

The following matches were played in the 2018 Res Rugby Championship:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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