On the charge – Zandy MacDonald (Photo Peter van As)
The UCT Ikey Tigers showed they are well over their Varsity Cup blues, when they smashed a willing Vics team by 50:23 points on Saturday. UCT had too much to offer against the young Maties second team who are still sitting winless after three outings.
UCT playing in their blue “away” kit to accomodate the stripes of the visitors, started against a gentle wind in near perfect conditions and made their intentions clear from the start. The Tigers were building phases while Vics were happy to kick the ball for territory – UCT’s pressure was showing dividents early, when they went ahead 7:0 after just a few minutes of play.
The Ikeys were dominant in the line-outs and scums and impressing from the start led 21-12 at half-time - scoring three tries – with two tries scored by fit again skipper Nick Fenton Wells.
The Ikeys scored another four tries in the second half, with Winger Marcello Sampson weighing in with a brace. Powerhouse inside centre Sean van Tonder, replacement winger Zubayr Abrahams and outside centre Mark Estherhuizen also crossed the line.
Matt Rosslee, meanwhile, slotted six conversions and one penalty for a 15-point haul on the day with the final penalty from the touchline ticking the scoreboard over to 50 points.
UCT’s man of the match was livewire scrumhalf Nic Groom who was a crucial architect of the the expansive game the students dished up.
Next up for UCT are the newly promoted False Bay who are riding high after edging 2009 champions Hamiltons and comprehensively beating Helderberg.
Tries: Sampson 2, Fenton-Wells 2, Van Tonder, Abrahams, Esterhuizen
Cons: Rosslee 6
UCT: 15 Marcel Brache, 14 Paul Cohen, 13 Mark Estherhuizen, 12 Sean van Tonder, 11 Marcello Sampson, 10 Matt Rosslee (vice-captain), 9 Nic Groom, 8 Nick Fenton-Wells (captain), 7 Enoch Panya, 6 Zandy Macdonald, 5 Bodo Sieber, 4 Don Armand, 3 Grant Kemp, 2 Mark Goosen, 1 Wes Chetty.
Replacements: 16 Matt Page, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Levi Odendaal, 19 Greg Mallet, 20 Sharief Hendricks, 21 Pete Haw, 22 Zubayr Abrahams.
Other Super League results:
False Bay 43 – 29 Helderberg
SK Walmers 29 – Durbell 37
Maties 66- NNK 0
Villagers 38-31 Hamiltons
UCT vs NNK scores from Wednesday 14th April:
|19:45||FNB UCT EAGLES XV||NNK 2||Jan Burger A||Won 46 – 15|
|18:35||FNB UCT ISH DRAMAT XV||NNK 3||Jan Burger A||Won 36 – 07|
|18:25||FNB UCT U20 A1||NNK U20||Jan Burger B||Won 106 – 00|