Ikeys march on after Bellville win

UCT celebrated a full sweep of wins at Bellville Tech on Saturday with the Ikey Tigers beating the home side 22:10 

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Strong Tigers team travel to Bellville

UCT are looking to get the second half underway with a win at Bellville Tech on Saturday and are able to field a strong side following the vac. 

Tiger Bax who was in Russia with the SA Student 7s team recently is back at center, also back are out three International University Barbarians Kilroe, Jones Davies and Xoli who enjoyed their exhibition match in Sydney. 

While UCT have to do without a number of WP U21 stars, they are boosted by the return of Vincent Jobo in the backrow. 

Bellville Tech of course will try and impress their home crowd by taking down one of the WP Super League's big guns. They sit currently in 7th place with three wins booked, but have played 14 matches already – compared to UCT's nine. 

Ikey Tigers team vs Bellville Tech RFC

1. Wesley Chetty, 2.Derek Asburn, 3.Ryan Germishuys,  4.Jade Kriel, 5.James Kilroe, 6.Jason Klaasen,  7 Kyle Kriel, 8.Vincent Jobo, 9.Dylan Frylink, 10.Ross Jones Davies, 11.Lihleli Xoli, 12.Andrew Norton 13.Liam Bax, 14.Richard Stewart, 15.Dylan Sage.
Reserves:  16.Lifa Ghana, 17.Joel Carew, 18.Bradley Bosman, 19 Tinotenda Zakeyo, 20 Stephen Wallace 21.Paul Henry, 22.Tom Bednall


































Ikeys enjoy International Barbarians stint

Three current UCT first team players – flyhalf Ross Jones Davies, lock James Kilroe and wing Lihleli Xoli were selected for a World University Barbarians side comprising of players ferom 13 Universities from 6 countries, to play Sidney University as a curtain raiser to the deciding British and Irish Lions vs Wallabies test in Sydney on the weekend. 

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Ikeys beat Wits – USSA Tour report

Ikeys beat Wits in final their USSA match up – FNB Ikeys 29-22 FNB Wits on Friday

UCT turned around their USSA tour last week bouncing back from a 14-50 loss to FNB NWU Puk. Day two saw a much improved UCT side take on FNB NMMU – who ended up winning narrowly 6:0. Final day score was FNB Ikeys 29-22 FNB Wits. UJ beat Maties to claim the USSA trophy. 

New UCT Director of Rugby Kevin Musikanth wrote a guest column on FrontRowGrunt.co.za sharing some of the tour gees. 

How, in just 5 days, asks Kevin Musikanth, do 30 random people, sent out of town and tasked with playing 3 competitive games of rugby, almost always comes back as a tight knit group?

Some might suggest that you would have more chance of getting a hardened Blue Bulls supporter to wear blue and white stripes to Loftus, while drinking a Castle Light!

Getting to know everyone and developing a spirit, preparing Masterchef dishes on a budget, preparing rap music with no instruments, losing, laughing, hurting, winning are just by-products of a rugby tour …

That is the beauty of rugby.

The Ikeys emerging talent, brimming with young talent, but yet to have their first training session, flew to Pretoria to participate in the annual USSA tournament last week.

It is difficult not to get romantic about rugby when one thinks about what can be achieved in such a short period of time. The commitment and pride that takes place when a group of rugby individuals apply their efforts to a single determined cause, builds character that only the game of rugby can bring out.

Varsity got thrashed in their first match. Isolating the positives is one thing, but ordinary people would have given in … Not a touring rugby side. They pull tighter and bond closer.

Masterchef dishes in the wake of defeat and fines meetings to pull guys closer, they say a team that can sing together can do anything together. Late into the night signature tunes depicting characters within the squads, pulling the squad and individuals closer and closer … to the point that would possibly make the directors of Brokeback Mountain have a second glance.

Mind you, Gordon Ramsey would have been envious of the skills shown by these rugby warriors … catering to a battle scared rugby squad in gourmet style … couscous, grilled chicken drizzled with Balsamic Vinegar and feta … need I say more?

A practice to make sure that we commit as a team that will not yield … and we turn a 50-14 defeat into a more solid and admirable display, losing 6-0 against Varsity Cup semi finalists NNMU. In the process, raising a few eye brows given the improvement in such a short period of time.

Then the real bond … A suited sing song at a venue named after a snail without a house and a decedent salad leaf, and there was not a dry eye in the house. More laughter, bonding and songs into the night and the early morning.

Bright lights, big city do not affect the discipline and buy in of the group and the boys are on the training field on time, focussed and ready to play the last game with the expectancy of achieving that elusive win.

And win we did … 29-22 over Wits … A brilliant rugby performance and improvement.

The 30 individuals that embarked, solidified, determined and knitted into a team. Rugby being the catalyst. There is something to be said about this sport that we are obsessed with. That feeling that is difficult to explain. It is subliminal but it is there. It is incredible how much can change and what can be achieved in just five days.

That of course is the beauty of a tour and more importantly something that only a rugby player can understand. So much of winning in this game is determined by what happens off the field as much as what happens on it, sometimes the scoreboard just doesn’t explain what is really achieved through gaps that have been bridged and magical tour moments that become etched in one’s mind.

On a lighter side … A few rugby blokes and their gooses get together on the Saturday after tour and in order to try and bridge the gap, I suggest a fines meeting getting all the lasses involved, signature songs and all. This to try and get them to understand how important the bond of rugby is. As I watch the first girl drink with the wrong hand while blocking her nose, not understanding why we are singing the Irish national anthem while she is sipping (rather than downing) a quarter of a drink, the size skilfully negotiated earlier, with a horrid look on her face, I realize some things cannot be explained nor understood. And perhaps some words need to be left unspoken, and some moments left on the rugby field.

Kevin is currently the Director of Rugby at UCT and Wynberg High, the WP Amateur team Assistant Coach, having previous been the Head Coach at False Bay RFC. Kevin owns and runs a Gym business called Body Excel which has been in operation since 1997.

This column, was published on http://www.frontrowgrunt.co.za/2013/07/now-this-is-touring/



Results: Friday, 5 July:

CA 27-5 VUT

MUT 36-5 WSU B

FNB Fort Hare 10-29 FNB UKZN

Namibia 7-26 NWU Vaal

CPUT 18-17 NMMU George

Venda 7-23 WSU Mthatha

FNB UCT 29-22 FNB Wits

Zululand 12-6 Limpopo


FNB NWU-Pukke 15-25 FNB UP-Tuks

FNB NMMU 17-32 FNB UFS-Shimlas


FNB Maties 16-29 FNB UJ

FNB TUT 27-0 Varsity College

UJ SWC 55-6 WSU Ibika

NMMU Madibaz edge Ikeys at USSA

Varsity Cup semi finalists FNB NMMU Madibaz edged the young FNB Ikeys team 6:0 in a tight and tryless encounter at TUT earlier today. 

UCT are competing in the annual USSA Rugby week, which is held at FNB TUT in Pretoria. 

The teams played on the TUT C fields in sunny conditions and neither UCT nor NMMU gave an inch in an attempt to salvage some pride after their opening round losses to Pukke and Maties respectively. 

In the end, two penalties were the difference in a tight 6:0 contest. 

UCT now have one final match to play in a demanding week that included a few injuries following the day one match up. 

FNB Ikeys team vs FNB NMMU:

1. Wesley Chetty 2. Robin Williams 3. David Maasch 4. Olwethu Hans 5. James Pagden 6. Anelwise Mntambo 7. Sige Mtwa 8. Tarquin Carlsson 9. Bradley Janse van Rensburg 10. Thomas Bednall 11.  Xolilie Kasana 12.  Brendan Rodgers 13.  Suwi Chibale 14.  JJ Jacobson 15. Conor Ray

16. Michael Kennedy 17. Joel Carew 18. Digby Webb 19. Jade Kriel 20. Tinotenda Zakeyo 21. Daniel Anderson 22. Zukile Ncube