The UCT Ikey Tigers, hosted by a reinforced Durbel this Saturday started their season with a solid performance, beating the Northern Suburbs team 29:8 and by four tries to one. UCT Eagles and the Ish Dramat XV were both edged in narrow losses, which gives an idea of the quality and depth of the much hyped Durbel club.
UCT played against the wind in the first half and Durbel drew first blood through a well taken penalty by flyhalf Eric Haggar. There was a fair amount of kicking initiated by the home team with a bit of wind in their backs and UCT responded tactically mature well organised defense and counter attacking.
The hosts threw everything at the students in typical fashion, but the Tigers took on the challenge and scored the only try of the half after some well worked phaseplay. The whole backline was freed up after several phases and Sean van Tonder sent Marvin Christians over in the corner. Durbel were yellow carded for cynical play at the breakdown and Matt Rosslee added a penalty as the pressure of the extra man showed, to give UCT a 3:8 haltime lead.
The Ikeys pack, had the better of Durbel in the lineouts and mostly matched the home teams strong scrum, providing a good platform for the backs.
The second half UCT used the wind to take the game into the Durbel half, but the visitors scored first with their only visit to the students’ 22, when their scrum-half darted through a gap in the line-out to make it 8:8.
UCT kept their heads and were rewarded because as soon as the space started opening, Varsity Cup back of the competition Therlow Petersen made an immediate impact off the bench and was next to finish off a great try.
Tim Whitehead the talented center got his first bit of game time after a 6 months injury break, when he came on in the second half and showed great touches and not a sign of rustiness. One of his best was the perfect angle he ran at the half way line where UCT had just stared a counter attack – “Toolman” took a brilliant gap and was put away by prop Dylan Rogers to score under the posts.
The students kept showing patience and maturity, moving play into the hosts territory and were rewarded by a number of try scoring opportunities, that were ruled forward by inches or ended up centimeters short. It was Therlow Pietersen who had the last say with the fourth and bonus point try. Rossleee added his third conversion for the final score of 29:8.
It was a solid performance by the Ikey Tigers and a good start to the tough league season ahead.
UCT’s forward and man of the match was flank Mike Morris who came on after the half and had a stormer. Matt Rosslee was honoured as back of the match. The hit of the day was from flank Koselo ‘The Predator’ Moyake against the Durbel 8th man who broke off a 5m scrum and ended up back on his own tryline.
UCT’s U20s A1s, the Trojans beat their Durbell counterparts 28:0 – check the matchreport in the U20s section here.
The Ikey Tigers next hosts Victorians on Wednesday the 22nd on the Green Mile – kick off 6pm.
Tries: Christians, Pietersen (2), Whitehead
Kicks: Rosslee – 3Cons, 1 Pen.
Villagers(3) 17-49 (20)Maties
UCT (8)29-8(3) Durb-Bell
SK Walmers (11)21-24(7)NNK
UCT Ikey Tigers – 1st XV:
1. Vakai ‘Fish’ Hove, 2. Dane ‘Danger’ Jans, 3. Herbert Mayosi, 4. Michael Passaportis, 5. Bodo ‘The Door’ Sieber (c), 6. Koselo ‘Predator’ Moyiake 7. Don Armand, 8. Nick Fenton Wells 9. JP Robert 10. Matt Rosslee, 11. Marvin Christians, 12. Sean van Tonder 13. Dave Edgar, 14. Marcello Sampson, 15. Dave Clayton
Reserves: 16. Mark ‘Goose’ Goosen 17. Dylan ‘D Guy’ Rogers 18. Craig Kleu, 19. Michael Morris, 20. Kyle Wickens , 21. Tim ‘Toolman’ Whitehead, 22. Therlow Pietersen