The Wits rugby team is now at the top of the Varsity Shield log following a 28-15 win over the University of Western Cape (UWC) in Cape Town on Monday night.

“The game was very physical and was played at high pace,” said captain Devin Montgomery. “The boys showed a lot of determination and stuck to our planned structure and I am very proud of the way we played the game.”

The Wits team overtook Central University of Technology (CUT), who now slide down to second position.

Although UWC scored the first try of the game, Wits ended the first half with a convincing 23-5 lead. The Wits scorers were Blake Dismore, Charles Baggott and Brent Crossley.

“We played with the wind in the first half and, with a good kicking game, [we] were able to play most of the rugby down in UWC’s half,” said Montgomery.

The Wits side increased their lead in the second half with a try from Baggott just after halftime, earning them a bonus point.

Montgomery said it was difficult playing such an important game away from their home crowd. “We miss the incredible spirit and support we always receive from our home supporters but…we try and prepare as best we can for our away games,” said Montgomery.

Wits hopes to host the finals on April 2, which will depend on the outcome of the game between CUT and Fort Hare.

The live action was tweeted by @witsvarsitycup.