Monday’s Ikeys – Maties match-up in Cape Town, a repeat of last year’s final in Stellenbosch, will once again pit the top two Varsity Cup sides – in the entire history of the tournament – against each other.
Given that between them they have hosted all six home semifinals in the Varsity Cup thus far – not to mention their two Varsity Cup Final meetings – one could quite easily argue the fact that Stellenbosch and the University of Cape Town are the top two teams in the tournament.
That debate, however, takes on a whole new meaning when one looks at a combined Varsity Cup log since the advent of this tournament in 2008.
The Men in Maroon, as three-times Varsity Cup champions, are the undisputed Kings of the Tournament, but a more detailed look at the logs (based solely on league matches – not the play-offs) over the years paints a slightly different picture.
Things are, in fact, a lot closer between the two Western Cape sides.
After 25 Varsity Cup league matches so far (up until last week’s 49-17 win over FNB TUT), the FNB Maties boast an incredible record of 20 wins and just four losses (and one draw). They have a total of 102 log points, followed by FNB UCT in second place with an overall tally of 100 log points. (The Ikeys have also won 20 matches, lost four and drawn one.)
Amazingly, UCT have lost to just two teams in the Varsity Cup; the Maties (twice) and Pukke (twice) – that’s it. The Maties, who were unbeaten last year, have suffered their defeats to Pukke, UCT, Tuks and Shimlas (once each).
The closest teams to second-place UCT are FNB UJ and FNB Tuks (both on 70 points – some 30 log points behind them), followed by the FNB Pukke – despite their winless streak this season – with 68 points. FNB Shimlas, on 64 points, are sixth overall, followed by FNB TUT (23 points) and FNB NMMU (13 points).
However, when looking purely at results only, in Varsity Cup games between the Maties and UCT, the defending champions hold a 4-1 advantage, having won both finals against UCT (in 2008 and 2010) and league matches in 2009 and 2010. UCT’s sole win, thus far, came in the opening Varsity Cup encounter between these sides in George in 2008.
In terms of overall points scored between UCT and Stellenbosch (including both finals), the Men in Maroon hold an overall 102-89 advantage – with six points (16-10 in the 2008 final and 23-17 in last year’s league match) representing the biggest winning margin ever between these sides.
Given the incredible Varsity Cup history between these two sides, don’t expect Monday’s Round Five to turn out any differently (kick-off 5pm – live on SuperSport One).
The combined Varsity Cup log (2008-present):
(Under Played, Won, Lost, Drawn, Bonus Points – Total Points)
1. Maties 25, 20, 4, 1, 20 – 102
2. UCT 25, 20, 4, 1, 18 – 100
3. UJ 25, 14, 10, 1, x – 70*
4. Tukkies 25, 12, 11, 3, 18 – 70*
5. Pukke 25, 14, 11, 0, 12 – 68
6. Shimlas 25, 12, 13, 0, 14 – 64
7. TUT 25, 4, 21, 0, 9 – 23
8. NMMU 25, 1, 24, 0, 9 – 13
* UJ are ahead based on having won more matches.
The match kick soff at 5pm.
Tickets are R10 and will be for Sale
Friday: 10 – 14.30 on Jammie Plaza
Monday: 10 – 14.30 on Jammie Plaza
Monday: At the game, from 3pm.
All Ikey Foundation members please note:
– you get free entry at our no queue Ikey Foundation gate (on the Wynberg side of the A field)
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