The last weeks have been a hell of a ride for the young UCT team who were the surprise package of the FNB Varsity Cup, moving from seventh seeded, via "dark horses" to "favourites" within a couple of matches.
Albeit losing the inaugural tournament’s final to Maties by 10:16, in the last second on Monday, the 2008 Ikey Tigers have plenty of reasons to hold their heads up high and can proudly look back on a remarkable campaign.
Their exciting brand of running rugby and the ability to create
something out of nothing was exactly what the organisers of the
competition had in mind with their "Rugby that Rocks" mantra and UCT
were duly awarded with the "Team of the Tournament" trophy, which came
together with an additional R100 000 by sponsors FNB.
The UCT Ikey Tiger’s Varsity Cup stats speak for themselves:
Top of the log after the group matches, which was confirmed with a game in hand
Matches Played 7, won 6, lost 1
Only team to beat each opposition
After losing to NWU Puk in their opener, Ikeys made no mistake in the semi-final, beating the team from Potch 31:30
Most points scored, best points Difference
Points for 260 Points againts 149
Points Difference 111
Most tries scored, least tries scored against
TF 37 TS17
Most points, most bonus points (tied with Maties)
Pts 37 BP7
The Ikey Tigers also have the competition’s most dangerous game-breakers in their ranks
Most tries scored in a match:
UCT winger Marvin Christians, who unfortunately missed out injured on more VC action scored 4 tries when UCT took on semi-finalists Tukkies, in their second fixture, beating them 55:24
The Tournament’s top try scorers:
Already in joint first place after the group matches, UCT wingers Marcelo Sampson and Matt Turner scored in both the semi final vs Pukke and the final vs Maties to bring their tally to an impressive 8 and 9 tries respectively.