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UCT cut CUT to shreds

FNB UCT Ikeys made it three out of three on the Green Mile via a truly superb display of rugby against the FNB CUT Ixias 44-7 on Monday night.

It truly was a performance for the ages …

This after the Cubs had earlier given up a commanding lead to go down to the Shimlas U20 team. They now face a fight for survival up country next week against Wits.

On the Mile, it was the Tigers who scored four first-half tries as they bossed a vulnerable Ixias side who looked powerless in the face of such clinical attack.

Winger Notokozo Makhaza broke the deadlock as he scored a point-of-origin try following an error by the visitors, who lost a crucial ball in their 22. He didn’t make any mistake with the conversion, taking the score to 9-0.

Lock Enos Ndiao forced his way through the CUT defence to dive over for UCT’s second try.

Scrumhalf Riaan Genis did not want to be left out, and after a successful lineout, powered by 8th man Reynhardt Crous, Genis scored his try. Makhaza’s conversion took the score to 23-0.

A crosskick from Ikey flyhalf Alexander Vermeulen found hooker Keagan Blanckenberg standing on the wing (where else would this ultra mobile hooker be?) and he powered his way over the tryline. Makhaza slotted his fourth successful conversion taking the score to 30-0 at half-time.

Xola Nyali scored UCT’s fifth try 10 minutes into the second half. It didn’t take long for Makhaza to add his second try of the evening, taking the score to 44-0 after 56 minutes.

CUT utility back Juan Arnold Smith scored the only try for the visitors from a good line-out take. Flyhalf Natanael Young netted the conversion, but it was too little, too late.


UCT Ikeys 44 (30) – Tries: Ntokoza Makhaza (2), Enos Ndiao, Riaan Genis, Keagan Blanckenberg, Xola Nyali. Conversions: Ntokozo Makhaza (6).

CUT 7 (0) – Tries: Juan Arnold Smith. Conversions: Natanael Young.

FNB Player That Rocks: Ntokozo Makhaza (FNB UCT)

FNB Ikeys: Mhleli Khuzwayo, Keagan Blanckenberg, John Okonkwo, Enos Ndiao, Johan van Rhyn, Xola Nyali, Laro Delport, Reynhardt Crous, Riaan Genis, Alexander Vermeulen, Ntokozo Makhaza, Jonathan Roche, Thomas Nel, Lezane George Davis, Duran Ryan Koevort.

FNB CUT: Jan-Hendrik Bessenger, Albertus Human Venter, Leon Johan Franzsen, Asekho Phindile Marubelela, Jonathan Olivier, Tsebano Edward Stemer, Tjaart Jurie Van der Walt, Jacobus Johannes Cloete, Raydon Swartbooi, Natanael Young, Tsepo Siphosethu Malumane, Septimus Dercksen, Liam Prinsloo, Adielson Gouveia, Devanito Lushan Vergotine.

A few snaps from the game:


Photos by: James Cameron Heron/VARSITY SPORTS

Ikeys too strong for UJ

Seemingly down and out after a properly impressive first half performance in the wind and rain from hosts, UCT, the visitors from the Big Smoke did well to get back into the game late in the second half, but it was the Ikey Tigers who held strong to notch up a good win in very trying conditions.

Powered by yet another superb kicking performance by wing Ntokozo Makhaza, the Ikeys picked up their second win of the campaign, beating UJ 32-21 on a wet Green Mile in Cape Town.

The home side spent the first ten minutes of the game camped in the UJ 22, but came away with no reward. Instead, it was the visitors who withstood the pressure and break away for the first score of the game – a try from Siyemukela Ndlovu, who benefited from a line break by the super impressive left-wing Prince Nkabinde. Rowan Malgas added the extras, taking his side to 7-0 after 14 minutes.

Six minutes later, the Tigers got on the board via a try from scrumhalf Riaan Genis, who made merry from the base of an excellent lineout drive. Makhaza made no mistake with the conversion, along with a penalty.

Big tighthead prop John Okonkwo, getting his first start of the campaign, scored a second try for UCT after UJ were penalised for not rolling away at the breakdown. Makhaza added the 2 points, taking the score to 17-7.

A try by centre Jonathan Roche, who has added a layer of brutality to his already impressive array of skills, and yet another successful conversion by Makhaza had Ikeys leading 24-7 at half-time.

Into a wind that had picked up considerably, and with rain now bucketing down, the home side showed great skill to move the ball through the hands to send the omnipresent Makhaza over in the corner to make it 29-7.

Game over … Not so fast!

UJ outside centre Sfiso Dlamini scored a 80m seven-pointer try after his forwards had turned the ball over in their own 22. Malgas added extras taking the score to 29-16.

Nkabinde closed the gap further with another long range try. 29-21 with 20 minutes on the clock.

Another long range try would have evened things up, but the Ikey Tigers held strong. And on the hooter, Makhaza picked up 3 more points after UJ were penalised for obstruction.


Ikeys 32 (24) – Tries: Riaan Genis, John Okonkwo, Jonathan Roche, Ntokozo Makhaza. Conversions: Ntokozo Makhaza (4). Penalties: Makhaza (2).

UJ 21 (7) – Tries: Siyemukela Ndlovu, Prince Nkabinde (2), Sfiso Dlamini. Conversions: Rowan Malgas (2)

FNB Player That Rocks: Jonathan Roche (Ikeys)

FNB Ikeys: 1 Mhleli Khuzwayo, 2 Keagan Blanckenberg, 3, J Okonkwo, 4 Enos Ndiao, 5 Johan van Rhyn (C), 6 Sipho Dyonase, 7 Laro Delport, 8 Reynardt Crous, 9 Riaan Genis, 10 Alex Vermeulen, 11 Ntokozo Makhaza, 12 Jonathan Roche, 13 Tom Nel, 14 Rethabile Louw, 15 Duran Koevort,

16 Mathew Beckett, 17 Johan Lombard, 18 Bryan le Roux, 19 Mika Schubert, 20 Taariq Kruger, 21 Matt Macleod-Smith, 22 Whitson, 23 Kian Davis

FNB UJ: Heiko Peter Eugene Pohlmann, Mauritz Swart, Roedolf Fouche Schoeman, Marius Coetzee, Connor Van Buuren, Athi Galada, Philip Apea Adu, Siyemukela Samukelo Ndlovu, Kgothatso Sono, Rowan Malgas, Prince Nkabinde, Likhona Finca, Sfiso Perseverance Dlamini, Meyer Kriel, Boldwin Hansen.

Round 3 results:

The log after Round 3:

A couple of match snaps:




Photos by: James Cameron Heron/VARSITY SPORTS


Maties tame wind, and Ikeys

The Green Mile is known to be a little breezy, but on an evening that saw the live TV broadcast cancelled given safety concerns for the production crew because of the wind, it was the visiting Maties who managed incredibly difficult conditions better, eking out a five-point win.

Playing into the wind in the first half, the Ikey Tigers were made to work hard in order to stop a Maties pack who held the home side tight in their 22. It was anything but pretty, though. With the wind preventing both sides from getting any width into their attack, the well organised defences feasted. The end result a litany of errors, a mostly static game, and an incredibly static scoreboard.

Seven minutes before half-time, the Men in Maroon broke the deadlock via a penalty by flyhalf Juan Mostert. Boyed by the points, the visitors then notched up a try under the poles by wing Matthew Emile van Schalkwyk, which saw the Winelands side take a 10 point lead into the sheds.

Post the oranges, Ntokozo Makhaza gave the home fans hope as he slotted a penalty after Maties were penalised for being offside, taking the score to 10-3.

And were it not for a knock on 5m from the Maties tryline, the Ikeys would have equalised. Instead, though, Maties went the length of the field, making use of a well drilled breakdown, and extended their lead to 15-3 courtesy of a try by loosehead prop Vernon Matongo.

With 5 minutes to go, Ikeys centre Jonathan Roche powered over the tryline to set up a tense final few minutes. The visitors, as they had for most of the game, managed the conditions well, finding ways to stay in Ikeys territory to notch up an important, if ugly, win.


IKEYS 10 (0) – Tries: Jonathan Roche. Conversions: Ntokozo Makhaza. Penalties: Ntokozo Makhaza.

MATIES 15 (10) – Tries: Matthew Emile van Schalkwyk, Vernon Matongo. Conversions: Juan Mostert. Penalties: Juan Mostert.

FNB Player That Rocks: Mckyle Volmoer (Maties)


Ikeys: 1 Mhleli Khuzwayo, 2 Keagan Blanckenberg, 3 Bryan le Roux, 4 Enos Ndiao, 5 Johan van Rhyn, 6 Sipho Dyonase, 8 Taariq Kruger, 7 Reynardt Crous, 9 Riaan Genis, 10 Josh Boulle, 11 Ntokozo Makhaza, 12 Jonathan Roche, 13 Rethabile Louw, 14 Luke Burger, 15 Duran Koevort,

Finishers: 16 Mathew Beckett, 17 Johan Lombard, 18 Jovan Bekker, 19 Laro Delport, 20 Mika Schubert, 21 Wandile Mlaba, 22 Siphiwosethu Zungu, 23 Alex Vermeulen

Maties: Prince Rotondwa Mulea, Siyasanga Ngubelanga, Friedrich Cornelius Weilbach, Matthys Jacobus Bernardus Kitshoff, Matthew Gray, Eric Chris Basson, Louw Nel, Roland Leonard van der Heever, Mckyle Volmoer, Juan Mostert, Matthew Emile Van Schalkwyk, Aydon Colin Topley, Hofmeyr Gideon Retief, Ryan Marcus Manuel, Louis Johannes du Preez.

Round 2 results:

The log after Round 2:

A few snaps from the game:

All photos by James Cameron Heron/VARSITY SPORTS

Boulle at flyhalf for Maties

A few injury enforced tweaks to the team set to take on Maties in Monday night’s Varsity Cup derby. Josh Boulle comes in at flyhalf, while Reynardt Crous gets a start at 7 … The game is a sell out, with the vibe on the Mile set to be electric! For those without tickets, the game will be broadcast live on SuperSport from 18h45.

The team:

Run on XV: 1 Mhleli Khuzwayo, 2 Keagan Blanckenberg, 3 Bryan le Roux, 4 Enos Ndiao, 5 Johan van Rhyn, 6 Sipho Dyonase, 8 Taariq Kruger, 7 Reynardt Crous, 9 Riaan Genis, 10 Josh Boulle, 11 Ntokozo Makhaza, 12 Jonathan Roche, 13 Rethabile Louw, 14 Luke Burger, 15 Duran Koevort,

Bench: 16 Beckett, 17 Lombard, 18 Jovan Bekker, 19 Laro Delport, 20 Mika Schubert, 21 W Mlaba, 22 Zungu, 23 Alex Vermeulen

Ikeys dig deep for winning start

The visitors from the fairest Cape, donning their famous blue and white hoops, drew first blood in the 2024 Varsity Cup, edging the Bloemfontein based Shimlas 38-32 in a hard-fought contest at Shimlas Park.

In the absence of injured skipper, Luthando Woji, lock Johan van Rhyn lead the Ikey Tigers out the tunnel carrying a unique flag – Designed by the players while on their pre-season camp in Hermanus, the squad discussed where they had come from and where they want to go – in line with the campaign theme which is Explorers … The pictures inside the Tiger are of the entire squad’s families.

The Shimlas outscored the visitors by five tries to three, but it was their discipline that let them down. And Ikeys wing, Ntokozo Makhaza , made them pay, landing less than seven penalties!

The home team were the first to score, via tighthead Riaan van der Merwe, who barged over for an unconverted try. The team from the Mother City struck back almost immediately with a double whammy from flankers Taariq Kruger and Sipho Dyonase, who finished off some free flowing, multi phase attack from the Ikeys.

Kwezi Dlamini then scored for the Shimlas from a quick tap, while Makhaza slotted two penalties for the visitors.

Zane Bester’s try for Shimlas made it a one-point ball game, but dead-eye-dick Makhaza nailed another penalty for the visitors to give them a 21-17 lead at the break.

In the second half, flyhalf Ethan Wentzel and scrumhalf Jandré Nel scored tries for the hosts, but it was not to be for the Shimlas as Player That Rocks, Rethabile Louw, got over in the corner for the Ikeys, while that man Makhaza notched up a further four penalties.


Shimlas 32 (17) – Tries: Riaan van der Merwe, Kwezi Dlamini, Zane Bester, Ethan Wentzel, Jandré Nel. Conversions: Ethan Wentzel (2). Penalties: Bradley Giddy

Ikeys 38 (21) – Tries: Taariq Kruger, Sipho Dyonase, Rethabile Louw. Conversion: Ntokozo Makhaza. Penalties: Makhaza (7)

FNB Player That Rocks: Rethabile Louw (Ikeys)


Ikeys: Mhleli Khuzwayo, Keagan Blanckenberg, Bryan le Roux, Enos Ndiao, Johan van Rhyn, Sipho Dyonase, Taariq Kruger, Laro Delport, Riaan Genis, Kian Davis, Ntokozo Makhaza, Josh Boulle, Rethabile Louw, Luke Burger, Duran Koevort.

Shimlas: Ntokozo Hlophe, Liyema Mgwigwi, Riaan Jacobus van der Merwe, Pierre-Raymond Uys, Reinier Viljoen, Cornelius Hermanus Smit Volschenk, Siyambuka Sobe Nakhane Ningiza, Kwezi Dlamini, Jandré Nel, Ethan SJ Wentzel, Siviwe Zondani, Gideon Jooste Nel, Zane Bester, Kirwin Curtley Du Preez, Michael Annies.