Hamiltons 27:18 UCT
The Tigers seriously tested Grand Challenge title aspirants Hamiltons in Greenpoint today. It was the student’s youth and enthusiasm vs the experience of the fully professional Hammies outfit. It was finesse and sheer determination vs drilled structures and brawns.
Hamiltons are en par with Maties in the log and the “season’s finale” couldn’t have been scripted better for the Ikeys, as Hamiltons needed to beat UCT to stay in the race and UCT also get to have another last word.
Hamiltons take on Maties next weekend in a crunch do or die match – should Maties win that game they will be one step closer to yet another league title. However the Stellenbosch students still need to get points vs UCT in the very last match of the season – THE 2008 INTERVARSITY on the 27th of September.
The Ikeys certainly were up for it against Hamiltons and competed in style, down 8:10 at half-time and leading 18:17 with 7 minutes to go.
UCT coach John Dobson was proud of his charges:
“I think it was possibly our best display of the League season. We played a professional side who had to beat us whereas we were playing for pride which we certainly did. We were very unlucky not to win it – it just seemed a very curious last 15 minutes in which we seemed to befall the wrath of the referee.
But we had done enough to win. It was great to see some of our senior players realy excel. Players like Jody Burch and Bodo Sieber who have had outstanding season as experienced forwards meant we more than held our own against this vaunted pack and our backline scored the first try off a set-phase that Hammies had conceded all season.
Rather than having the season fall away with us unable to change our log position we have improved every week and are superbly primed for a famous Intervarsity victory come 27 September.”
Match Report by Chad Barker:
The tension had been building for the Ikeys’ match on Saturday. Up until the main event, UCT had won all its games against Hammies. The MC Marias team had successfully qualified for the final of their division after an “on the edge of your seat” in-house victory over the Moss XV. Further, to add to the excitement Hammies needed a win with a bonus point in order to keep their league victory dream alive.
UCT finally mustered a reply after they were awarded a penalty from a line out. Kyle Wickens (9) goaled the penalty. A few minutes later UCT broke out from their 22. The Ikeys lost the ball in the Hammies’ 22, Hammies made a poor clearance and did not find touch. Pete Haw dodged some defenders, found Tim Whitehead who switched with Dave Edgar (13) who scored a superb try from the counter. Wickens’ relatively easy conversion attempt was charged down by a Hammies player. The remainder of the half was a ping-pong battle. Just before half time UCT had the opportunity to take the lead through a penalty. Unfortunately, it was missed by Wickens and the half time scores were UCT 8 –
The injured James Martin offered the Half Time Comment for this week and quoted Thembalani (Herbie) Mayosi on a comment that he made prior to the game, “Dyman (his opposite number) might out eat me, but I will definitely out scrum him!”
5 Minutes into the second half Dylan “D-Guy”
UCT fought back and had a good attacking opportunity from a line out after they were awarded a penalty. The back line received clean ball and performed a Brumbies type move. This put Edgar into space, he then passed the ball onto Matthew Turner (14) whom scored in the corner. The difficult conversion was missed. This try added to UCT’s confidence, and later the Ikeys put together a very good passage of possession, that put them within striking distance of the goal line. Dylan Rogers picked up from the base of a ruck, attacked a narrow but exposed blind side and scored a try.The conversion from the corner by replacement Matthew Rosslee was missed.
This try put UCT into the lead for the 1st time of the match with the score at 18 – 17. With 7 minutes left to play Hammies were awarded a penalty inside the UCT 22 metre. Hammies opted to kick for goal. It was a difficult decision to be made since Hammies were one try away from an elusive bonus point and had decided to against kicking for goal on two previous similar occasions. The penalty was goaled to take Hammies into the lead. With 2 minutes to play and after a team warning Matthew Rosslee was issued a yellow card for killing the ball at ruck-time. From this penalty, Hammies kicked for the touchline and mauled the ball from the lineout and scored the final try of the match. The try was converted taking the final scores to Hamilton 27 – UCT 18.
UCT’s man of the match was centre Dave Edgar, who scored a brilliant try and had a great afternoon all round.
1. Dylan Rogers, 2. JP Koster, 3. Thembelai Mayosi, 4. Michael Passaportis, 5. Bodo Sieber, 6. Luzuko Panya, 7. Jody Burch 8. JJ Gagiano (c), 9. Kyle Wickens, 10. Kevin Foote, 11. Pete Haw, 12. Tim Whitehead, 13. Dave Edgar (vc), 14. Matt Turner, 15. Dave Clayton
Mark Goosen, Ashley Wells, Mike Ledwige , Craig Kleu, Matias ‘Chili’ Vergara, Matt Rosslee, Justin Bijl