The UCT Ikey Tigers made it two wins from three in their opening week, when they beat Villagers in a dominant performance that was only hampered by the windy, wet and muddy conditions. The fourth try bonus point eluded the side, who outscored their darby rivals by three tries to one and 26:7 points.
UCT speedster Marcelo Sampson got injured during the warm-up and was replaced by Dave Clayton. DC didn’t have much luck either, as he injured his hand early in the game, so with two wingers out it was up to Pete Haw, who had been moved to the bench with Sampson out, to provide some pace out wide.
The conditions were not conducive to running rugby, so UCT played for field position and piled the pressure on the ‘Dirty Whites’. The Ikeys dominated the lineout and scrums, took the ball through the phases and pushed their Southern Suburb rivals deep into their territory for most of the first half. Unfortunately the slippery conditions made it extremely difficult for the home team to convert territory and possession into points.
The first try of the game came midway through the first half after a brilliant bit of varsity interplay with “Man of the Match” Ikey eight man Nick Fenton-Wells rounding off. Varsity flyhalf Matthew Rosslee added three penalties to the unconverted try to take UCT into the shed 14 -0 points up at halftime. A huge effort would be needed from the home side to secure the ever elusive four-try bonus point.
The second half started with a bang when varsity scrumhalf JP ‘Mongrel’ Robert chipped ahead only for the villager defender to fumble the ball on his own try line allowing Tim ‘the Toolman’ Whitehead the opportunity to pounce and score his third try in as many games. The score remained at 19 – 0 for the remainder of the third quarter until the visitors managed to capitalize on a UCT defensive error deep in their own half to cross the home goal line.
With Varsity needing two tries to secure a much needed bonus point the game opened up as they opted to run the ball from all quarters. This resulted in centre Dave Edgar connecting a Matt Rosslee speculator to glide through the Villager defence untouched and dot down under the sticks. With 6 Minutes still remaining the home side threw every thing they had at the visiting team but unfortunately came up a whisker short. An impressive performance never the less with the Ikeys exuding fantastic composer and great tactical awareness.
They now set their sight on bottom of the log Helderberg whom they face this coming Friday evening out in Strand. Helderberg are always a tough game so the boys in blue and white will need to prepare well for the coming encounter.
On the whole it was an excellent day for the UCT sides, with all teams booking wins! The only defeat was the Marais XV who went down to the Villagers fourth. The Trojans, UCT’s U20A1s also continued their winning streak, beating the Villagers A1s 16:9 – read their match report here
UCT Ikey Tigers – 1st XV:
1. Vakai ‘Fish’ Hove , 2. Dane ‘Danger’ Jans, 3. Herbert ‘Julius’ Mayosie, 4. Don Armand, 5. Bodo ‘The Door’ Sieber (captain), 6. Luzuko Panya 7. Craig ‘Krusty’ Kleu 8. Nick Fenton Wells, 9. JP ‘Mongrel’ Robert, 10. Matt Rosslee, 11. Pieter ‘Frank’ Engelbrecht, 12. Tim ‘Toolman’ Whitehead, 13. Dave ‘Benjie’ Edgar 14. Dave Clayton, 15. Therlow Pietersen
Reserves: 16. Mark ‘Goose’ Goosen, 17. Dylan ‘D Guy’ Rogers 18. Dayne Galley, 19. Koselo ‘Predator’ Moyiake, 20. Kyle Wickins, 21. ‘Marvelous’ Marvin Christians, 22. Pete Haw
Other Super League A results:
Maties 19:9 NNK
Hamiltons 11:10 Victorians
SK Walmers 40:32 Helderberg
Durbell 43:13 Kraaifontein
Saturday’s UCT Results:
|16:00||FNB UCT 1st XV “Ikey Tigers”||Villagers 1
|–||14:45||FNB UCT 2nds XV “Eagles XV”||Villagers 2||won 24:0
|–||13.35||FNB UCT 3rds “Ish Dramat XV”||Villagers 3||won 40:7
|13:25||FNB UCT Moss XV||Villagers 4||lost 0:12
|–||–||FNB UCT Marais XV
|–||14.45||FNB UCT U20 A1 “Trojans”
|–||13:25||FNB UCT U20 “Babrow”||Hamiltons U20B – AWAY
|–||13:25||FNB UCT U20 “Junior Tigers”||Villagers U20B – AWAY
|–||13:25||FNB UCT U20 “Cubs”||NNK U20B