Defender in chief – Man of the Match Hanyani Shimange. (Photo Peter van As)
UCT met a determined Villagers yesterday in the Brookside derby and beat the homeside 42:23 to make it three bonus point wins in a tough week of SLA rugby – scoring an impressive total of 143:47 points.
(Photo by Pete van As).
Acting UCT coach Kevin Foote probably would have signed off the final score happily, had he been given the option before the game, but his charges took a while to come to the party and would have cost some nerves, when they leaked three early tries by the industrious home team.
The Ikeys did however bounce back strongly and closed the gap with two well taken penalty kicks by Doug Mallet and a penalty-try following a powerful rolling maul off a line-out. It was Mallet who showed great determination himself when he powered though the defense to score under the posts and convert to take his team into the half 20:23 ahead.
UCT started the second half better and played in the Villagers territory where center Matt Rosslee rounded his opposition to score under the posts.
Next it was Therlow Pieterson’s time to show he can’t be given a sniff, when he finished off a great move out wide stepping around two cover defenders to score in the corner and up his personal try count to 6 tries in three matches.
The Ikeys forwards worked well in the scrums and put Villagers on the backfoot with every put-in.
Villagers added a penalty to their tally, but it was all UCT as far as points went in half number two, Dave Clayton put the final nail in the coffin with a try that took the score into the 40s.
Credit to Villagers who tried hard to score in the last minutes of the game, but UCT had woken up after the slippoery defense of the first quarter and didn’t give away any further points, so the final score was 42:23 in favour of the Ikey Tigers.
UCT’ s man of the match was Hanyani Shimange who played another great game and was very prominent around the park, especially in defense.
The moment of the match was UCT’s much improved rolling maul as it powered ahead for 20 meters and over the line, with the desperate Villagers trying every and anything to stop it – the inevitable result was a penalty try.
UCT’s MC Marais Team – the famous 5th won their league in style last weekend! Well done!
The U20s Babrow XV – the B1s did the same, clinching the league when they disposed of Paarl U20s in their final match! Congratulations!
UCT Ikey Tigers
15 Therlow Pieterson, 14 James Martin, 13 Dave Edgar 12 Matthew Rosslee (VC), 11 Marcelo Sampson , 10 Doug Mallet 9 Stu Commins, 8 JJ Gagiano, 7 Craig Kleu, 6 Nick Fenton-Wells, 5 Michael Passaportis, 4 Bodo Sieber (captain), 3 Dylan Rogers, 2 Hanyani Shimange, 1 Ashley Wells.
Replacements: 16 Matthew Page, 17 Wes Chetty 18 Dane Galley, 19 Sam Peter 20 Sean van Tonder 21 Dave Clayton 22 Freddie Strange
OTHER SUPER LEAGUE A RESULTS:
Helderberg 21:28 Durbell
Victorians 20:27 Hamiltons
NNK 18:82 Maties
SK Walmers season ended
Super League A Log
team – played – win – draw – loss – points for/against – log points
HAMILTONS 16 15 0 1 575 258 71
FNB MATIES 14 11 1 2 550 232 57
SK-WALMERS 18 9 0 9 523 439 50
FNB UCT 13 8 1 4 395 230 42
DURB-BELL 15 8 0 7 329 298 39
VICTORIANS 15 7 0 8 490 361 39
NNK 16 6 0 10 305 409 30
HELDERBERG 15 5 0 10 316 494 25
VILLAGER 16 4 0 12 275 426 23
KRAAIFONTEIN 14 2 0 12 176 787 10
Saturday 29 August 2009
UCT vs VILLAGERS
|16:00||FNB UCT 1st XV “Ikey Tigers”||VILLAGER 1||42:23|
|14:45||FNB UCT 2nds XV “Eagles XV”||VILLAGER 2||Won|
|13.35||FNB UCT 3rds “Ish Dramat XV”||VILLAGER 3||Lost|
|14:45||FNB UCT 5ths “MC Marais XV” (FINAL)||NNK 5||Won|
|13:25||FNB UCT U20 A1 “Trojans”||VILLAGER U20||Won|
|14:45||FNB UCT U20 B1 ”Babrows” (FINAL)||PAARL U20A||Won|