Therlow on his way to beat UJ.
Therlow Pietersen, another new kid in the Ikeys set-up has quickly made a name for himself for spotting gaps where there are none and creating opportunities for his fellow backs.
The fullback also scored more tries than anybody else in this year’s VC – a total of six in eight games and being the top try scorer he deservedly received the backline player of the tournament award.
Therlow moved from Stellenbosch to UCT at the end of last season and it clearly has been a good decision for the young speedster. When asked how he is enjoying the Ikey Tigers Therlow said: “I’m just having a ball of a time at UCT, hey. I am loving every minute! What stands out for me is that is is more than just a club, it’s a brotherhood!”
UCT lost major game breakers in center James Martin, who was last year’s back of the tournament as well as finisher and 2008 top try scorer Matt Turner who has moved on to play Premiership rugby in the UK and England 7s of course. Therlow, the top try scorer 2009 and new man to score the best back trophy scored six tries in eight matches and seems to have taken over in both departments.
What’s his secret? The fullback says: “I don’t really have a scoring secret, I just go out there and have fun playing.” No surprises there, he certainly wouldn’t be the first player with that rugby philosophy to put on the Blue and White jersey of the Tigers. It probably is also the answer to the “What? How did he do that?” questions that were heard in the stands on the Green Mile ever so often when Therlow had the ball.
Therlow scores against TUT:
The Ikeys were going strong seated second in the log with the final in their sights, it was heartbreaking to lose the semi final to Pukke in the last minute - by two points at that. Therlow agrees, “Yes it It sucked big time! The worst thing is if you lose, knowing you should have thrashed them.” One of the lessons learnt is that “Next time there is a bit more patience needed.” Well, the beauty of semi final rugby.
Pietersen has been a dangerman for the Ikeys and he feels his best game of the tournament “…would be the one against UJ, I was feeling great and confident, but didn’t get ahead of myself.” It was an excellent match which UCT won 32:12 on the Green Mile scoring four tries, one of which was scored by the man of the moment. Click here to see the video of the day.
Maties have pulled through as the dominant team, having been crowned champions again last night and the VC with all its hype is over. As John Dobson put it, it is now time for UCT “…to pay our rent in the Super League.”
Therlow also can’t wait for the league to start. He explains “I am really looking forward to be able to play with the older guys who have the experience, cause the league is a whole other competition compared to the Varsity Cup.” The first match is against Drubanville Bellville on the 18th of April.
The 22 year old seems to truly have found a rugby home at his new club: “I just want to say thanks to everyone at varsity who made me feel at home – I really appreciate it.”
The UCT crowd are certainly looking forward to some more of his magic and plenty of tries in the league.
Therlow’s try againt UJ: