UCT 23 : 24 Maties
The Ikey Tigers’ jinx vs Maties continued tonight on the Green Mile, when the team from Stellenbosch came out tops again by one point in a tense affair. It was three tries a piece and a last second conversion by UCT winger Matt Turner on the touchline could have clinched it for the Ikeys – but was just short.
The capacity crowd of several thousand, that braved the cold and misty conditions, would have been proud of their boys efforts, as the Ikeys showed a lot of guts to fight back from a two try deficit.
UCT’s forwards were superior in the lineouts, superb on their own throw and stealing a number of opposition ball and they held their own at scrum time. It was again small mistakes that kept the pressure on the home team and the Maties, boosted by a number WP Vodacom players needed no second invitation to capitalise on the errors.
Maties started the game better and scored two soft tries in the first half, after defensive errors by the hosts. They looked more dangerous and their backs had the better of their UCT counterparts. The Ikeys scored a try through center James Martin, after one of the few scenes where they managed to put some phases together, Matt Rosslee added the conversion.
In the second half UCT played with the wind, and started better, with more field position, Matt Rosslee added a 3 pointer after some good pressure. It also was UCT who scored the first try of the half through winger Marcelo Sampson, after a great break by James Martin.
But Maties still piled on the pressure and camped in front of the home side’s tryline on a couple of occasions. The pressure told when Maties went over for their third try to make it 24:18. Time was running out quickly now for the Ikeys, who tried their hardest but kept getting turned over at crucial times. It ended up being a reversal of the Varsity Cup final, as fired up by the home crowd, this time it was the Cape Town students who scored in the last second, through a try by flying winger Matthew Turner.
Kicker Matt Rosslee had left the field minutes before, so it was Turner himself to convert the try and possibly clinch a 25:24 win It was a kick from the touchline in a difficult wind, so it went just short and left the Ikeys and their fans in blue and white disappointed yet again.
Having played below their capabilities and losing by one point to the best club side in the country – Club Champs 2007 and Varsity Cup Champs 2008 – may sound good on paper, but is no consolation whatsoever for John Dobson and Robbie Fleck’s ambitious team. The return match at the Danie Craven stadium later this year will be one to look forward to.
Kicks: Rosslee (2Pen, 1Con)
1. Ashley Wells, 2. JP Koster, 3 Herbert Mayosi, 4. Martin Miller,
5 Bodo Sieber, 6 Kyle Brown, 7. Jody Burch, 8 JJ Gagiano (c), 9 Danie
van der Merwe , 10 Matthew Rosslee, 11 Marcelo Sampson, 12 James Martin,
13 Tim Whitehead, 14 Matthew Turner, 15 Dave Clayton
16 Brad Gornall, 17 Vakai Hove, 18 Dylan Rodgers, 19 Enoch Panya, 20 Mike Ledwidge, 21 Kevin Foote, 22 Pete Haw