Ikey Tigers win Intervarsity 2011

Varsity Cup champions,  claimed another big trophy with a deserved 28-19 Intervarsity win over the  Maties in Stellenbosch on Saturday.


The visitors, who won their first Varsity Cup title last month – after the Maties’ hat-trick of titles, kept the hosts scoreless in the second half as they fought back from a 9-19 half-time deficit.

It was UCT’s first win over Stellenbosch since the 2008 Varsity Cup – in George – and their first official Intervarsity triumph since 2004, following a draw at Newlands in 2009.

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The Ikeys dominated possession and territory throughout on Saturday, but they did not finish all their chances with at least three try-scoring opportunities going abegging in the first half.

Maties, on the other hand, took all their chances as they ran in first-half tries through flanker Tertius Daniller, No.9 Johan Herbst and hooker Arno White.

Ikeys flyhalf, and points-machine, Demetri Catrakilis did the major damage with his boot – one conversion and seven penalties – for the Men from Cape Town, whilst replacement Therlow Pietersen scored his team’s only try after incessant pressure by the visitors.

Captain and openside Nick Fenton-Wells and lock Don Armand were tireless up front for UCT, whilst Maties scrumhalf Herbst – back from a short stint at Griquas – had an outstanding game for the home team.

Both teams can still qualify for the 2011 National Club Championships in Stellenbosch later this year, with Durb-bell also suffering a defeat on Saturday to drop them down the log. (See the full WP Super League log below.)

Maties face title and Club Champs contenders Hamilton’s next weekend, with UCT ‘traveling’ to Constantia to take on False Bay. The Ikeys will be hoping for a Hamilton’s win to boost their chances of Club Champs qualification.

The scorers:

For FNB Maties:
Daniller, Herbst, White
Cons: Buys 2

Con: Catrakalis
Pens: Catrakalis 7

The teams:

Maties: 15 Ryan Nel, 14 Louw Schabort, 13 Louis Jordaan, 12 Michael van der Spuy, 11 Tythan Adams, 10 Jarryd Buys, 9 Johan Herbst, 8 Bennie Booysen, 7 Andrew Prior, 6 Tertius Daniller, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Bertho van der Westhuizen (captain), 3 Suan Havenga, 2 Arno White, 1 Alistair Vermaak.
Replacements: 16 Sidney Tobias, 17 Jean Botha, 18 Stefan Greeff, 19 Meyer Swanepoel, 20 Gideon Strydom, 21 André Kemp, 22 AN Other.

UCT: 15 Ricky Rijs, 14 Pete Haw, 13 Marcel Brache, 12 Nick Holton, 11 Mark Winter, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nick Farrar, 8 Greg Mallett, 7 Nick Fenton-Wells (captain), 6 Zandy Macdonald, 5 Don Armand, 4 Hilton Lobberts, 3 Pete Olivier, 2 Neil Rautenbach, 1 Wes Chetty.
Replacements: 16 Dayne Jans, 17 Francois van Wyk, 18 Brad Bosman, 19 Michael Morris, 20 Steve Wallace, 21 Therlow Pietersen, 22 Paul Cohen.

The WP Super League log:
(As at Sunday, May 15 – played, won, points)
1. Maties 8, 6, 28
2. Vics 9, 5, 27
3. UCT 7, 4, 19
4. Hamilton’s 4, 3, 15
5. SK Walmers 6, 3, 14
6. False Bay 6, 3, 14
7. Villager 5, 3, 13
8. Durb-Bell 5, 2, 12
9. Belhar 5, 1, 6
10. Helderberg 5, 0, 3

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