Ikeys 7s lose in Plate Final


The UFS Shimlas produced a polished performance to beat the UCT Ikeys 38-0 and claim the Varsity Sports Sevens Plate in Plettenberg Bay on Saturday.

Having already beaten UCT earlier in the day the team from Bloemfontein started with something of a psychological advantage and they certainly made it count to claim the first piece of silverware on offer in Plettenberg Bay.

The match started in wet conditions which made handling a challenge for both teams, but it was Kovsies who asserted themselves on the game early on, spending plenty of time in Ikeys territory.

The pressure finally told when Tertius Kruger was able to brush off a few defenders and power over for the opening try, and that was followed up soon afterwards when Renier Botha pounced on a loose ball to scamper over unopposed.

A try just before the break saw Kovsies take a commanding 21-0 lead into half-time and the Men from Cape Town were in search of some second-half inspiration, but it was not to be as Kovsies pressed home their advantage to record a resounding victory in the end.

Meanwhile Maties beat NWU Pukke in a thrilling extra time final in sudden death. 

The UCT 7s team then competed in the USSA 7s in George earlier this week, where they had ended third last year, but again failed to reach the Cup round’s final four – again it was the Maties who claimed the cup, beating UJ in the final. 

The last leg of the Varsity Sports series is happening in Margate this weekend and UCT will be looking to get back on track and learn from the recent disappointments.

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