Ikeys Dominant Over Oxford Blues
On Thursday 8 December, on a sweltering 30 degrees summer day, Oxford University and the University of Cape Town continued a long tradition of rugby fixtures against each other, playing on the Green Mile. The Oxford side had played against Maties earlier in the week, losing 19-36.
A young Ikey side, not featuring many familiar faces in the starting fifteen, were led by last year’s hooker Alex Castle as Captain and centre Kyle Lamb as Vice-Captain. Ex Ikey Liam Furniss started at centre for Oxford.
The Ikeys won the match comfortably 42 – 5.
The Ikey Tigers played in the special occasion Doc Moss Memorial kit – consisting of UCT, SACS, WP and Bok colours and featuring all four logos on the crest.
The match was very well attended albeit being played on the C field while the main field is being prepared for a big 2023 season.
UCT started the game well against the wind and scored a number of good tries in an even match with the willing visitors from Oxford.
This being a pre-season match, the Ikeys had to shake off some cobwebs initially, but they found their groove in the second half. The Ikey team started to gel, upped the intensity of their defence with some cracking tackles, and with Oxford facing the wind against them, were pushed back into their half.
Oxford to their credit never gave up and had some exciting forays into the Ikeys half, landing a well-earned try.
Both teams shared stories and a beer after the game and later met again at the annual Club Dinner, where Oxford won a fun boat race against their Cape Town rivals.