10 is the Magic Number!

UCT at the tens
Ikeys at the Tens (all photos Carl Fourie – capetowntens.com)

‘Build it and they will come’. Appropriate words for the inaugural Cape Town Tens tournament held at Hamilton RFC last weekend.

The tournament, held over both Saturday and Sunday, is the brainchild of ex-springboks Robbie Fleck and Bob Skinstad (Both UCT Old boys), which, if rumor is to be believed, came up with the idea whilst quenching their XXL sized thirst’s at a Bangkok nightspot during the afore mentioned’s festival of the same kind.

UCT entered 3 sides of varying skill and fitness into the premier division of the tournament. The UCT Ikey tigers 1, 2 and Trojans all strapped on their togs and tested themselves against the best the rest of South Africa had to offer.

Ultimately the results were mixed. The U21 Trojans and Tiger 2nd sides found the going pretty tough, only winning a handful of their matches but displayed some magnificent skill and great heart when competing against the older more physical competition. No doubt a great learning experience for these youngsters, many of whom have just left the relative safety of the school boy arena.

UCT at the tens

‘Very little time was spent preparing for the festival. Our goals were to express ourselves on the pitch (UCT Style), improve our fitness and make a few friends in the beer tent afterwards.” –  Up and coming loose forward Rob Ferguson’s commented when asked about his side’s performance.

Goals met I’d say!!!

The Tigers 1st side, which consisted of a blend of UCT’s more ‘experienced’ (long in the tooth) senior pros with current Varsity Cup squad members, managed to turn a few heads.

I’m not sure whether it was the varsity stalwarts Dave and Dave (Edgar and Clayton) or future superstars Oliver Braithwaite and Dane Galley that impressed most. The side, ably coached by  Philip ‘Huge Calves’ Venter, won all their day one matches and toped the log going into day two. The format however dictated they would have to beat the professional Vodacom Western Province side and top their pool in order to Qualify for the Cup final (no semi-final stages). This proved one step too far for the underdone Varsity team.

UCT at the tens

“Maybe a little more fitness and a lot less drinking would have helped” muttered captain Dave Edgar whilst walking from the field.

The side eventually finished in 4th spot after loosing to a much fresher Hamilton’s team 30 min after coming off the field against the WP side. Not bad considering the amount of preparation the team had done.

On the whole the tournament was thoroughly enjoyed by all the varsity players involved. UCT will be looking to next years tournament to improve at what surely will become a permanent fixture on the Cape rugby calendar. Rob and Bob must be congratulated on hosting such a wonderful event that saw what must have been over 10 000 pass through the gates.

Play of the Tournament
Dane Galley’s hatrick against the underrated NNK first Side. He really is  a player for the future. Why he’s not starting in the VC is anyone’s guess.

‘Did anyone see that”  of the tournament
Phil Venter diving to the ground and whimpering as about to be tackled by an opposition player whilst turning out for the Border Bullets.

UCT at the tens

Highlight of the Event
The ‘Ron Burgundy’ look on MC Dan Nichol’s face as his 18 year old Hungarian ex-girlfriend walked through the crowd at the opening ceremony wearing nothing but a Mavericks dress. He couldn’t believe he’d put her through high school!!!

UCT at the tens

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