UCT outscored Hamiltons by three tries to two, but still went down 15:23, after missing a few chances including a forgettable 0% kicking display.
The Ikeys were certainly willing even though it was their 4th match in two weeks and they ran the ball while the big Hamiltons team were happy to kick for position and disrupt the young students at the breakdown.
UCT had done most of the playing in the opening quarter, showing some great endeavour in counter attacks following Hamiltons kicks, but failed to convert the pressure they excerted in the home team’s danger zone. It was in turn the Green Point team that took 7 points from their only visit into the UCT 22m following a line-out maul.
UCT countered with some more great running rugby and scored a great try through Ricky Rijs after stretching the Hammies defense to the max to make it 7:5. UCT kept doing most of the playing, but it was Hamiltons who were more efficient in using their chances and winger Terry Jacobs dotted down after a well worked blind side move off a scrum and a favoruable bounce of the kick he had hacked ahead. 14:5.
Next it was big Hilton Lobberts who intercepted and scored under the posts to bring UCT closer, but even that conversion went awry with Paul Cohen having an uncharacteristic off day in the kicking department.
The half time score was 14:10.
Hamitons looked a bit better in half two and were clinical in using all chances for points by adding a penalty and two drop goals to build a 23:10 lead.
The Ikey Tigers time was running out now but they kept chasing the try for log points or to clinch a late win and it was again Ricky Rijs who with his trademark direct running cut throught the defense for his second try. Again the conversion was missed and at 23:15 down UCT were stuck with having to score a converted try and more points for a win with only minutes to go.
The eight point gap was enough for Hammies to take the victory and send UCT into the Easter break empty handed.
Rijs 2, Lobberts
UCT Ikey Tigers – 1st team