Round One of Varsity Football got off to a flying start, including Central University of Technology (CUT) avenging their 2016 semifinal loss to University of Johannesburg (UJ), University of Western Cape (UWC) sending out a strong message, and a late equaliser had coach Bushy Moloi jiving for joy.

The second week sees University of Fort Hare (UFH) host their second match. This time they face defending champions, Tshwane University of Technology (TUT). The Pretoria side nearly suffered a 1-0 defeat to two-time champions, University of Pretoria (UP-Tuks) in the opening round fixtures at home. The home side equalised through a 94th minute Themba Ndlovu goal, levelling matters at 1-1 and sharing the spoils in the Pretoria derby.

UFH made their first appearance in Varsity Football in the 2016 season after qualifying during the 2015 USSA tournament. The last time these two sides met, TUT edged them 2-1 at the TUT Stadium in the final match of round three.

UP-Tuks came agonisingly close to a victory over 2016 champions TUT away from home in last Thursday's encounter. The two-time champions, UP-Tuks, will do battle with last year's finalists, UJ, this coming week in Pretoria. UJ only played in 2014 and last year's Varsity Football edition after failing to qualify for the first tournament in 2013, and the 2015 competition. The Johannesburg side beat UP-Tuks 4-0 while it was UP-Tuks who avenged this defeat, two years later, in 2016, winning 3-0.

Last week's surprise package, CUT, pipped UJ 1-0 in front of a sold-out CUT Stadium in the opening game of the 2017 Varsity Football season. Mpho Molwatse's goal in the 66th minute was enough to give CUT their first win of the competition.

This week the Bloemfontein side host UWC at the CUT Stadium. These sides have only met once before, in 2016, and the match ended in a 2-2 stalemate. UWC will be hoping to continue their fine form after they thrashed Witwatersrand University (Wits) 6-0 at home at the UWC Sport Stadium.

In the second televised match, at 6:15pm, North-West University (NWU) will host Wits at the NWU-Mafikeng Stadium. Incidentally this fixture was the first ever Varsity Football match, five years ago. NWU won the match convincingly, 4-0, with Bafana Bafana midfielder Thabo Mnyamane scoring two goals.

Wits did not qualify for the 2014 edition but returned for the 2015 tournament. The Johannesburg side have lost all three previous encounters against their opponents, including 3-1 (in 2016), 1-0 (in 2014) and 4-0 (during the opening match in 2013).

Teams:

UFH: Nhlanhla Khoza, Tomas Magagasa, Mphumzi Goodman Siguba, Ndumiso Ndzama, Siphamandla Vincent Zanekile, Ndoda Mangali, Banele Thompson, Xolani Vuyani, Siphuxolo Tomase, Siwongiwe Ndakaza, Litha Bottomane, Luyolo Alfred Bhanya, Assurance Nkosinathi Mzelemu, Olwethu Bless, Manelisi Same, Siphamandla Lastborn Dlela, Solomzi Gideon Dinga, Kgomotso Kabinde

TUT: Kgaratlo Phatsoane, Mogau M. Mphahlele, Vusi Tshepo Sibiya, Tebogo Lekaba, Rorisang Rapelang, Lethabo Andy Mashifana, Thabang William Makgwane, Keabetswe Mokwena, Letlhogonolo Letshwene, Themba Ndlovu, Steven Mvenya, Sikhumbuzo Ncube, Thabiso Lebitso, Omecious Sello Ngoetjana, Tumelo Mphela, Thabiso Hopewell Sibisi, Lebogang Phatlane, Tlotlo Johannes Mothibedi

NWU: Kennedy Bonolo Ntuane, Gift Mpho Mogorosi, Mojuda Johannes Matlhanyane, Wendelle Alldayne Martin, Abongile Lemese, Tshepo Desmond Makgopela, Mogomotsi Molefe, Sandile Mbatha, Vincent Mxolisi Langa, Vusimzi Zacharia Ludwala, Cameron Moolla Chweu, Luzuko Jevuka, Khotso Moleta, Richard Tshepo Baho, Paseka Matsheka, Omphile Menyatsoe, Michael Jesse Smit, Tebogo Thato Mokgobo

Wits: Sithembiso Zuke, Kaizer Maphanga, Keamogestwe Mokalake, Luke Gregory Pereira, Lyndon Crouch, Mahle Mtabane, Tristan Gatter, Saluleko Mathonsi, Sindiswa Dlamini, Thabiso Rafanyane, Tumisang Calvin Manamela, Kamohelo Moroosi, Snethemba Ronald Msane, Baliwe Gerald Moyakhe, Xabiso Simelela, Jordan Kelly Reece Green, Maropeng Mphaho, Ndzalama Bradley Mongwe

UP-Tuks: Dylan Trafford Paterson,Katlego Motihatsang, Simbogile B. Njokwe, Lawrence Ntswane, Pierre Kok, Claudio A. De Almeida, Khumbulani M. Siluma, Frank Singnkhi Mpedi, Richard Mahlatse Moremi, Jeremiah Makalo Nkwana, Odwa Makha, Athenkosi Jojo, Chinedu Lawrence Okolo, Leonel De Mendonca, Siphesihle Sosibo, Ludumo Nkebe, Sabelo Tsambo, Jurgen Darcel Booysen

UJ: Damaine Van der Walt, Potoko Mametja, Kenneth Sikhosonke Langa, Dane Romario Fortuin, Given Sphiwe Msimango, Karabo Malete, Shaune Mokete Mogaila, Wade Rowe, Pogiso Hope Mabote, Tebogo Mandyu, Manqoba Kenneth Luvuno, Alan Titi Mabuza, Hayden Slava, Sthembiso Prince Manana, Simphiwe Maphanga, Welcome Masemola, Thapelo Molefe, Ziyaad Fredericks

CUT: Ntsane Kabi, Reneilwe Neo Sebudi, Sello Joseph Mokhele, Morena Thabo Sam Lehloa, Wesley Olebogeng Ledibane, Katleho Nkambule Molakeng, Godfrey Sello Monokoane, Mpho Molwatse, Tsietsi Ramosedi, Keitumetse E. Mabathoana, Rakgomo Jacob Taole, Tshiya Sikisi, Teboho Molehe, Abrahm Singozo, Thato Lawrence Mphulenyane, Sello Kennedy Mokhanthi, Winston Orapeleng Manopole, Gomolemo Rampai

UWC: Renaldo Leaner, Aghmat Ridhaa Ceres, Lyle Tyrell Hardenberg, Xolela Ndude, Chad Charlton Smith, Ayanda Nkunkwana, Giovanni Gaffoor, Ryan Steer, Thulani Vuyo Mkhosi, Clinton Henry Herwel, Phiwokuhle B. Mphalala, Ryan Marc Ramandh, Spirodon Kostiris, Akhona Cawe, Xolisa Makubalo, Charlton Fritz, Mikhail Dankers, Josh Silent