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


Young Ikeys play in USSA Plate

The young Ikeys went down to a powerful NWU Pukke team on Monday by 14:50 and will now compete in the USSA plate round. 
The FNB UCT first half try came through center Brendan Rogers when the Pukke powered to a 24:7 lead at the half.
The final five pointer for the Cape Town student was scored by veteran Richard Steward who injected some spark from full back. 
The Ikeys now play against FNB NMMU on Wednesday at 11am. 
Varsity Cup champions FNB UP-Tuks beat FNB Wits handsomely 66-12 in their first game and the beaten Varsity Cup finalists, FNB Maties, beat FNB NMMU 27-8 to advance to the next round of the competition.

FNB UJ also came out on top in a tense match against FNB UFS-Shimlas 17-15.
UCT Scorers: 

Brendan Rodgers; Richard Stewart

Conversions: Tom Bednall x 2

Ikeys team vs NWU Pukke:

1. Joel Carew 2. Michael Kennedy 3. Digby Webb 4. Olwethu Hans 5. Jade Kriel 6. Sean Johnstone (c) 7. Tinotenda Zakeyo 8. Sige Mtwa 9. Daniel Anderson 10.  Thomas Bednall 11. Storm Winter 12. Brendan Rodgers 13. Suwi Chibale 14. JJ Jacobson 15. Richard Stewart

16. Robin Williams 17. David Maasch 18. James Pagden 19. Tarquin Carlsson 20. Bradley Janse van Rensberg 21. Xolilie Kasana 22. Conor Ray


Team for Wednesday vs 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

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Ikeys at USSA rugby week in Pretoria

FNB TUT are responsible for hosting the USSA Rugby week this year with a number of interesting matches taking place on day one.

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