Ikey Tigers can’t gain momentum

The UCT Ikey Tigers were beaten by Durbel in a frustrating performance on the Green Mile yesterday. The Ikeys who had done well against Vics and Saracens last week did not find enough rhythm to dominate the determined visitors. UCT lost 25:18.

UCT started the game well and put on some early pressure building solid phases and were rewarded with a try by Ash Wells following good running and interplay by Matt Rosslee and Don Armand. It looked as though the students could repeat the commanding performance they had in their first match against Durbel, but soon errors started creeping into the home sides game.

It was again the little things, the knock on’s and the missed line-outs in good field positions that took the momentum out of the Ikeys game and kept the visitors in the match.

Durbel soon struck back with a try and a penalty and were up 10:5. The Tigers found a bit fo rhythm again and were rewarded with a penalty, which Matt Rosslee converted and made it 10:8. But again loss of focus by the home team resulted in another Durbel try which saw them into the half 15:8 up.

The Ikeys now had a bit of wind in their backs and managed to give their game a bit more structure. Penalties were exchanged and it was 18:11 with 20 minutes on the clock.

UCT played most of the rugby and it was Craig Kleu who ran a perfect line off a well taken short line-out and dotted down under the posts. Rosslee converted to level the scores at 18 all with a couple of minutes to go.

Scrappy play off the following kick off gave Durbel possesion in the UCT half and their flyhalf used a well weighted cross kick which bounced perfectly for the chasing wing – trytime, conversion added and UCT were down again 25:18, only two minutes after scoring their own try.

The Tigers pushed hard, but Durbel slowed down the game – to such an extend that one of their flanks was yellow carded for a professional foul just 5 meters out. One man up with two minutes left in the game, it was all or nothing for UCT who battered against the visitor’s tryline. Again, the final pass went astray and into touch, game over 25:18.

A very frustrating match for the Ikeys who last week only conceded 25 points against a star studded Saracens team. Questions need to be asked why the same team on the same venue concedes the same amount of  points against a mid table league side.

There were few positives, but Graig Kleu had a strong game and scored and excellent try, which earned him the Man of the Match award. Young hooker Matt Page played well on his first team debut.

UCT host Helderberg next week and will look to redeem themselves with a solid victory.

Tries: Ash Wells, Craig Kleu

Rosslee 2 Pens, 1 Con

UCT Ikey Tigers
15 Dave Clayton, 14 Rob Hopwood, 13 Therlow Pieterson, 12 Sean van Tonder 11 Justin Bijl, 10 Matthew Rosslee, 9 JP Robert (VC), 8 Craig Kleu, 7 Don Armand 6 Nick Fenton-Wells, 5 Michael Passaportis, 4 Bodo Sieber (captain), 3 Shane Meier, 2 Chris Darby, 1 Ashley Wells.

Replacements: 16 Matthew Page, 17 Herbie Mayosi 18 Graham Knoop, 19 Dane Galley, 20. Andre Coetzer 20. Doug Mallet 21. Rickey Rice