After a week-long break, the Ikey Tigers got back to business on Saturday, winning their second game of the WP Super League 59-28 against a fresh-faced NNK side, who have newly been brought back into the Super League.
UCT had an explosive start to the tame scoring 45 points in just 30 minutes, and taking confident command of the game. As coach, Kevin Musikanth, said after the game: “the boys started like a house on fire,” in true Ikey Tiger spirit. The scrums were devastating for NNK with Varsity Cup stars Digby Webb, Neil Rautenbach and Robin Murray dictating matters. The hard work at the scrum was rewarded well into the first half with a push over try scored by Captain Michael Botha from 15 metres out.
In terms of their line outs Musikanth explained “the lineouts were well marshalled by James Kilore,” and a fantastic 30 metre maul try was scored after a well-worked thrown in. At the breakdown, UCT’s Jason Klaasen was as hard-working as ever, as well as the big man Shaun McDonald.
NNK scored a well-worked try at the hands of their impressive fly half, making it 45-7 at half time. NNK had a powerful start to the second half, taking advantage of injury in the UCT scrum. This allowed them clean set phase ball, and saw their backs working hard to score three more tries. The Tigers then emptied their bench, giving all the team members a fair amount of game time.
While the first half was rewarding, the coach after the break, “we lost a bit of attacking shape and began to look for the miracle offloads which led to a patchy second half.” Although they regained composure eventually, scoring another three tries, the coach explains that the win and the platform were set in the first half.
Next up, UCT will take on Kuilsriver on Wednesday, in their third game of the WP Super League.