UCT 17 – Pukke 23
In the first match of the inaugural FNB
Varsity Cup, the NWU-Pukke triumphed 23-17 against a spirited Ikey
Tigers team at the University of Cape Town on Monday.
The sizeable crowd were treated to some exciting rugby from both sides as the game see-sawed throughout the 80 minutes.
The Pukke were first to register points when man-of-the-match, fullback Corne Meyer, slotted an early penalty.
For the next 20 minutes it was all UCT.
They dominated possession and territory and were duly awarded when
winger, Marcello Sampson, finished off a flowing movement to score in
A while later, it was that man Meyer again who scored the visitor’s first try, courtesy of some poor defence by the Ikeys backline. Pukke looked to slow the game down, opting for the scrum with most of the free-kicks awarded as part of the new ELV breakdown laws. It could have been a 12:8 halftime score in favour of the home team, when the Ikeys came close to the Pukke try line with a well worked line-out drive. However the ball was turned over and in the last move of the 1st half Pukke added another try, as No.13, Paul Bosch dotted down and they pulled away 5:15.
Pukke then threatened to run away with things, a penalty and then a try, by substitute Markus Fourie, stretched the lead to 23-5. UCT awoke from their ‘slumber’, putting on the pressure again, using the wind in their backs to play in the Puk half. Talented wing, Matthew Turner finished off a great move by using his speed to crash in at the corner, and a minute later a moment of brilliance by the self-same Turner reduced the deficit to just six points. The Ikeys looked dangerous in the last minutes and mauled another line-out over the guest’s tryline, but it was held up and the ball turned over, as Pukke hung on for all they were worth in the closing stages to secure a 23-17 win.
UCT were very unlucky in the end, as some players thought they had got the ball down over the Pukke goalline, but they can look forward to next Monday’s match against Tukkies (also at 5.30pm) with plenty of confidence and they don’t have to stand back to anybody in this exciting, new competition.
"We knew Pukke – the SuperBowl champions – would be a tough side to beat, even at home," said a disappointed UCT head coach, John Dobson afterwards.
"[But] we’re hoping to take the lessons learnt from tonight’s game in preparation for next Monday’s match against Tukkies, which is also here at home."
Dobson was also very thankful for the support on the night, adding: "It was great seeing all the first years down at the ‘Green Mile’ last night and also thanks to all the loyal Old Boys that came out too. As always, their support was tremendous.
"We’d obviously love even more support next week, so make sure you get down here for the Tukkies game and support the Ikey Tigers as we go all out for our first win."
See you all again next week Monday 25th, 17.30 when the Ikeys take on Tukkies, who themselves had a great comeback to draw 31-all with UCT archrivals Maties in Stellenbosch. After trailing 31:10 they managed to score four tries in the last six minutes in another great advertisment for the Rugby that Rocks mantra of the Varsity Cup.
Ikeys: Tries: Marcello Samson, Matthew Turner (2) Conversion: Rosslee.
Pukke: Tries: Corne Meyer, Paul Bosch, Markus Fourie. Conversion: Meyer. Penalties: Meyer (2).
UCT – Ikey Tigers:
Martin, 12 Andre Coetzer, 13 Dave Edgar, 14 Marcelo Sampson, 15 Pete
Corne Meyer; Rowen de Villiers, Paul Bosch, Harry van Dyk, Lloyd Seleka; Devan
Eckard, Andries Mahonie; Willem van der Wal (c), Nelis Nel, Frikkie Maartens,
Dirco Rautenbach, Grant le Roux, Flippie Pienaar, Jaco Koch, Boelie Maree.
Reserves: Stoffel Duvenhage, Ollie Coetzee, Markus Fourie, Thabo Molete, Worsie
Kotze, Lolo Waqa, Willem Delport.