The scoreboard says it all: 18 wins in 18 games for the Trojans, UCT’s U20 A1s. They chalked up 677 points and conceded only 45. Best of all, they convincingly outplayed their Matie counterparts, winning all four clashes this season, scoring 130 points and conceding a miserly 26. And at the recent Currie Cup clash between Western Province and the Lions, the UCT Trojans met the WP Rugby Institute in a curtain raiser, winning 38 – 3.
“It’s been a remarkable achievement,” coach and UCT alumnus John Dobson says. “No one can remember when a UCT rugby side went unbeaten.” Open-side flanker and captain for two years running , Monté Taljaard (he also captained Grey College PE’s first XV) attributed their success to “hard work, team spirit and always striving to become better”.
“It’s been a highly successful season where we’ve identified a lot of talent and used it in the best way possible.” Favouring an open, varsity style of rugby, players are expected to score from any position, Taljaard says. He lauded the club’s rugby bursary system, saying it had brought in talent from the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal that might otherwise have been lost to UCT. There are six black players of in the starting XV. “It’s not something we pushed. It happened naturally.”
Their success will filter into the first team next year. And this time they’re hoping for more record score lines, this time among the spectators!
Article and Photo by Megan Morris