A dominant first half display by rivals FNB Maties left the FNB Ikey Tigers with too much to do, as they went down 31:12 at Saturday's Intervarsity, despite a characteristic late come-back.
The FNB Maties started strongly and scored four tries in the much anticipated clash held at the Green Mile at UCT in front of a lively crowd.
An early penalty by outside centre Paul Streicher opened the scoring for the Maties. Tries by winger Brandon Asher-Wood, lock Johan Momsen and flyhalf Chris Smit, coupled with three conversions by Streicher, gave the Maties a commanding 24-0 lead at the break.
The Ikey Tigers are well known for their spirited comebacks and had the advantage of playing with the wind after the break, so the scene was set for the home side to prove themselves. However the Maties did well to disrupt the UCT students in building momentum and even scored another try, leaving the hosts with a huge mountain to climb.
The Tigers got some consolation and won the second half with two late tries by powerhouse center Lihleli Xoli and replacement front ranker Msizi Zondi, but they had left it too late and the Stellenbosch students walked away deserved 31-12 winners and with the coveted Intervarsity trophy in the bag.
Congrats to the Maties side of 2015, it is always a privilege to partake in this fantastic event between the two rival varsities, which dates back all the way to 1911.
Ikeys U21 win Hedley Atkins trophy
The UCT Ikey Tigers U21 side had more reason to celebrate when they beat their Maties counterparts by 29 (5) : 15 (3). This meant the team got to lift the Hedley Atkins trophy – the U21 equivalent of the Intervarsity trophy.
Here a photo of one of the victorious Ikey Tigers U21 players with and two UCT old boys who have also lifted the trophy in their day.
Hedley Atkins winning generations – Former Springbok Derek van den Berg (1965) (left), current U21 player and UCT RFC chairman Greg Fury (1989)(right).
Also very well done to the rest of the club who all won their respective matches, making Intervarsity a success for the club, despite the first team loss:
Results SATURDAY 9 MAY 2015
|FNB UCT 1st XV||vs||MATIES 1st XV||GROOTE SCHUUR A||LOST 12(2)-31(4)|
|FNB UCT U19A||vs||MATIES U19A||GROOTE SCHUUR A||WON 17(2)- 10(1)|
|FNB UCT U21||vs||MATIES 3rd XV||GROOTE SCHUUR A||WON 29(5)- 15(2)|
|FNB UCT 2nd XV||vs||MATIES 2nd XV||GROOTE SCHUUR B||WON 20(3)- 19(3)|
|FNB UCT U19B||vs||FALSE BAY U20B||GROOTE SCHUUR B||
WON 24(4) – 12(2)
The Ikey Tigers are now 4th in the log following the two recent defeats and will face Helderberg on Wednesday night where they will look to get back some winning momentum.
Ikey Tigers scorers:
Tries: Lihleli Xoli, Msizi Zondi
Tries: Asher-Wood , Momsen, Smit, M Groenewald
Conversions: Streicher 4
FNB Ikey Tigers:
15 Richard Stewart, 14 Dylan Sage, 13 Lihleli Xoli, 12 Nicholas Holton, 11 Jarryd Sage, 10 Warren Seals, 9 Stephen Wallace , 8 Guy Alexander, 7 Mark Prior, 6 Jason Klaasen , 5 Jade Kriel, 4 Duncan Saffy, 3 Digby Webb, 2 Michael Kennedy, 1 Robin Murray
Reserves: 16 Msizi Zondi,17 Kyle Whyte, 18 Gareth Ehret, 19 Alva JNR Senderayi , 20 Ryan Dugmore , 21 Thomas Bednall , 22 Paul Cohen
15 Craig Barry, 14 Brandon Asher-Wood, 13 Paul Streicher, 12 Louis Jordaan, 11 Jason Warrol, 10 Chris Smit, 9 Louis Nell, 8 Derick Linde, 7 Martin Groenewald, 6 Beyers de Villiers,(captain) 5 Kobus van Dyk, 4 Johan Momsen, 3 John-Hubert Meyer, 2 Marko Jv Rensburg, 1 Chippy Oelofse.
Replacements: 16 Craig Corbett, 17 JE vd Merwe, 18 Ian Groenewald, 19 Lungelo Chonco, 20 Brendon Nel, 21 Edri Vorster, 22 Christoff van Tonder.