FNB UCT went down by just one point – 17-18 – to Hamilton's in their tight WP Super League clash at the Green Mile on Saturday.
The Ikeys, the defending WP Super League champions who claimed a dramatic win over Hammies at this selfsame venue last year, were leading 17-6 at one stage in the second half.
However, the visitors staged a hard-fought comeback to score two late tries and secure the narrow one-point win.
Ikeys flyhalf Ross Jones-Davies who is in great form, scored all of the points for his team, with one try and four penalties. Unfortunatley that was not enough as the home side came up just short in a thrilling match.
The loss leaves the defending champions in a tough position, with plenty of hard work in front of them if they want to move up from their current sixth position on the log, although they do still have a few games in hand over their rivals.
It won't get any easier for the students this week, as they host log leaders Durbell on Friday night.
The FNB UCT scorers:
Pens: Jones-Davies 4
The FNB UCT team: 15 Andrew Norton, 14 Paul Cohen, 13 Liam 'Tiger' Bax, 12 André Coetzer, 11 Mark Winter, 10 Ross Jones-Davies, 9 Dylan Frylink, 8 JJ Gagiano, 7 Josh Katzen, 6 Ntsolo Setlaba, 5 Levi Odendaal (captain), 4 Graham Knoop, 3 Christopher Heiberg, 2 Gareth Topkin, 1 Wesley Chetty.
Replacements: 16 Timothy Louw, 17 Digby Webb, 18 Stephen Buerger, 19 James Tatham, 20 Stephen Wallace, 21 Adrian Kritzinger, 22 Dylan Sage.
WP Super League log
(played, won, points)
Durb-Bell (14, 13, 61)
Hamiltons (13, 9, 47)
FNB Maties (11, 9, 47)
Steinhoff Vics (11, 7, 37)
Sk-Walmers (13, 7, 35)
FNB UCT (11, 6, 33)
Belhar Belhar (13, 4, 23)
Tygerberg (14, 3, 18)
False Bay (15, 3, 16)
Villager (13, 1, 11)