UCT 38 – 32 Maties
The Ikey Tigers have cemented their spot at the top of the log with a great win over arch rivals Maties.
After being 20:14 down at halftime UCT played all the rugby in the second half, putting Maties under relentless pressure with their trademark running rugby and came out tops in their first fixture of the Varsity Cup Bumper Easter Weekend.
Ikeys more than matched Maties for pace, power and finesse, coming from
behind to seal this well-deserved win. In a see saw match that saw the
lead change hands six times, the sparse crowd that braved the wintry
conditions in George were entertained to some real student rugby.
Maties raced into an early 0-11 lead, but Ikeys answered through
tries by Danie van der Merwe and Graig Kleu and soon made it 14-13. However it was Maties who took a 14-20 lead into halftime after an intercept try.
Ikeys came out of the change room firing, putting together great phases of play and the tackle count seriously surged on the side of their Stellenbosch rivals. It quickly became 24-20 in favour of UCT. The Tigers scored twice through Herbie Mayosi and replacement lock Dayne Galley, so minutes from the end
they were leading 31-27.
A late try by Marcdelo Sampson put the final nail in the Maties coffin, as Ikeys were away 38:27 but all credit to the Stellenbosch students who never gave up, scoring another try in the dying seconds to clinch two valuable bonus points.
There were some big hits, but none more so than the one of UCT lock
Michael Ledwidge on Maties replacement prop Matt Dobson – which
made the crowd jeer and the words ‘UCT’ reverberate through the stands.
UCTs man of the match was again hard working prop forward Thembelani
Mayosi, who capped his strong overall performance with a great try. After scoring tonight, Marcelo Sampson has now drawn level with fellow UCT wing Matthew Turner as leading try scorer of the competition – both are on 6 tries.
UCT, having secured a semifinal spot, will now look for a couple of
extra points in their Saturday (vs NMMU) and Monday (vs Shimlas – televised) games to secure home ground
advantage in the play-offs.
Tries: Danie van der Merwe, Craig Kleu, Thembelani Mayosi, Dayne Galley, Marcelo Sampson.
Conversions: Matt Rosslee (4). Penalties: Matt Rosslee
1 Herbert Mayosi, 2 JP Koster, 3 Dylan Rogers, 4 Mike Ledwige, 5 Martin Miller, 6 Luzuko Panya, 7 Craig Kleu, 8 JJ Gagiano
9 Danie van der Merwe, 10 Matthew Rosslee, 11 Marcelo Sampson, 12
Pieter Engelbrecht (VC), 13 James Martin, 14 Matthew Turner, 15 Peter
Reserves: Mark Goosen, Wesley Chetty, Dane
Galley, Mzotando Simani, Kyle Brown, Stuart Commins, Tim Whitehead
Shimlas 20 – TUT 9
Tukkies 25 – NWU-Puk 11
UJ 57 – NMMU 7
Log after 5 rounds:
- Ikeys – 21
- UJ – 16
- Maties – 15
- Shimlas – 14
- Pukke – 13
- Tuks – 13
- TUT – 9
- NMMU – 4