No surprises at start of Super-Six stage

The Wits Steinhoff Interfaculty rugby season resumed on Wednesday with only the top six teams battling against each other on a cold winter night.

The ‘Super-Six’ stage of the season began with the four lowest ranked teams knocked out after the group stages. Each team will play against each other once, with the top four teams after the five rounds progressing to the semi-finals.

There were no real surprises on the night with the top three teams all registering wins and reconfirming the gulf in class between those at the top and those chasing.

In the first game of the night defending champions and leaders after the group stage, the Humanities Titans, trounced Monash by 38 points to 14.

The Titans have now stretched their unbeaten run to 17 matches and, judging by this performance, look set to defend their title later this year.

Zander Venter in a switch from lock to eighthman ran in a man-of-the-match performance. Returning players added depth to an already talented squad and the Titans will definitely take some beating.

In the most one-sided game of the night the surprise package of the season Medics demolished the only res side left in the competition, Masakhane, by a score of 52 points to 15.

Despite the Masakhane tighthead prop scoring an amazing solo try, the Medics were simply far too physical. Their team spirit on display at the end of the game was perhaps a sign of why they have been so good this season, and they will need that for their remaining matches.

The final game of the night was a close affair between third placed Engineers and fourth placed Commerce. Engineers ran out 7-3 winners on the night in a match that neither side ever looked like winning until the final whistle.

Both teams will expect to progress to the semi-finals but this will be a massive morale boost for the Engineers who will be hoping to regain the title that they lost to the Titans.

The Super-Six resumes next week Wednesday with all teams hoping to cement their spots in the final four.