Kevin Foote's young Ikeys team finished their USSA tournament strongly when they beat hosts and new Varsity Cup inclusions Wits by 26:9.
The Wits game was labeled a breakfast fixture, played at the unorthodox time of 8.30 am and UCT were up early and kept a lead throughout keeping the hosts tryless.
The tournament has been a valuable learning experience for the young and up and UCT coming talent who went down to Pukke and Maties by less than five points and with a good chance of winning in both clashes. The squad is now back in Cape Town, prop Digby Webb tweeted: "awesome week at SASSU with the Ikey Tigers, Such good gees, and a great group of people!"
In the end it was the Varsity Cup champions Tuks who added another trophy to their cabinet after beating Pukke in the USSA week's final.
UCT rivals Maties also came away with only one win, after going down to NMMU and Shimlas. Ikeys coach Foote said: "We knew we would go up against Varsity Cup sides but we did have a chuckle when we found out we'd be playing against the Maties. They also had a young side, with Louis Blom in charge, but all UCT-Maties clashes are big."
The UCT results at a glance:
UCT 26:31 NWU Pukke
UCT 22: 26 Maties
UCT 26:9 Wits
The Ikey Tigers and all other FNB UCTRFC leage teams are now getting ready for Western Province Super league action which continues on July 28th against False Bay away.
USSA Day Three results – Friday, July 6:
33. UL Turfloop 3 UJ Soweto 50, Pool D (Field A)
***UJ Soweto are the Pool D winners
34. Rhodes 33 WSU Buffalo 21, Pool C (Field B)
35. FNB UCT 26 FNB Wits 9, Pool A (Field C)
36. MUT 23 Zululand 11, Pool C (Field D)
37. FNB CUT 18 FNB UWC 17, Pool B (Field A)
***CUT are the Pool B winners
38. Venda 14 CA 24, Pool D (Field B)
39. FNB Maties 10 FNB Shimlas 21, Pool A (Field C)
40. DUT 5 Namibia 23, Pool B (Field D)
41. NWU-Vaal 14 CPUT 13, Pool C (Field A)
***NWU-Vaal are the Pool C winners and will face FNB UKZN on Saturday, July 28 (in Pietermaritzburg).
42. FNB UJ 19 FNB NMMU 27, Pool A (Field B)
43. FNB UKZN 23 FNB Fort Hare 22, Pool B (Field C)
44. Medunsa 53 WSU Mthata 7, Pool D (Field D)
45. FNB UP-Tuks 29 FNB NWU-Pukke 17, Pool A (Field A)
***UP-Tuks are the Pool A winners
46. Varsity College 3 FNB TUT 20, Pool B (Field B)
47. NMMU-G 58 WSU Ibika 0, Pool C (Field C)
48. Cida City 12 NWU-Maf 13, Pool D (Field D)