Team Dobson wins UCT Tens

UCT head coach John Dobson (pictured above with Jake White)  put one over assistant coach Robbie Fleck by claiming the UCT Tens title in a fiercely-contested mini-tournament held at the Green Mile on Tuesday evening.

Dobson – who will be coaching the Ikey Tigers in the Varsity Cup, with the help of Cape Town Tens tournament hosts Robbie Fleck and Bob Skinstad – saw his charges romp to victory in a tight final that went into extra-time.

Four teams took part in this mini-tournament, under the watchful eye of CT Tens Tournament Director Ron ‘Burgundy’ Rutland; with Team Dobson, Team Fleck, Team Skinstad and Team Venter battling it out for the ultimate bragging rights.

Fleck’s side went through the round robin stages of the mini-tournament unbeaten, whilst Dobson’s unit sneaked into the final courtesy of Team Fleck’s win over Team Skinstad in the last round robin game of the night.

After watching Skinstad’s team beat Phil Venter’s team in the third/fourth-place play-off, Dobson and Fleck’s sides played to a 12-12 draw, with a long-range try in the first period of sudden death extra-time sealing the victory for an elated Dobson.

“Fleck’s willy-nilly approach was never going to win it for him,” chuckled Dobson, who was very impressed with the Ten-a-side format.

He added: “UCT will be entering three teams into the Cape Town Tens – some of the guys that don’t make the final Varsity Cup squad will feature and some of the older guys, who are not eligible for the Varsity Cup, will also be playing.

“(Tens) it’s a great way to do some pre-season training as it’s good for fitness, but also allows the guys a decent run-around and it’s also handy for us coaches to see how some players make decisions under pressure.”

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