The FNB UCT Ikey Tigers showed great character last night to outscore visiting Bellville Tech by four tries to two and grind out a 28:21 bonus point victory on the muddy and wet Green Mile. The other UCT teams also scored important victories on the night.
It was a great night of rugby on the Mile with all UCT teams walking away winners – 2nds 35:3, 3rds 8:3 (in the rain) and the U20 Trojans bounced back from their opening round defeat to whitewash the visitors 78:0 scoring 15 tries in the process.
The conditions were ill suited to the students' favoured style of spreading the ball to the wings and coach Hanyani Shimange (a front ranker himself) is rumoured to have considered fielding 15 forwards when the rain came down in torrents all day.
But the downpours lifted, the team including a backline ran out onto the soggy park and UCT proved they know their Green Mile better than anyone.
UCT started with intent and once most of the white Ikeys shorts had their muddy welcome to the game they they were on the scoreboard and up 21:10 at the half.
Bellville Teck staged a great fightback in an evenly matched second half, but the Tigers showed great composure and hung on to stay in the lead and finish the match with a bonus point at 28:21.
UCT travel to the Strand to play Helderberg who are back in the top flight on Saturday.
Ikey Tigers team vs Bellville Tech
1.Wes Chetty 2. Derek Asbun, 3. Digby Webb, 4. James Kilroe, 5. Brad Bosman, 6. Botha 7. Vince Jobo 8. Josh Katzen (captain) 9. Dylan Frylink 10. Ross Jones Davies 11. Tiger Bax 12. David Ambuny 13. Luke Bax, 14.Richard Steward 15. Lihleli Xoli
16. Kennedy 17. Joel Carew 18. Jason Klaasen, 19. Macdonald 20 Dylin Leyds 21. Andre Coetzer 22. Steve Wallace
WEDNESDAY 17 APRIL 2013
|FNB UCT 1st XV||vs||BELLVILLE 1st XV||UCT RUGBY FIELD||WON 28(4) – 21(2)|
|FNB UCT 2nd XV||vs||BELLVILLE 2nd XV||UCT RUGBY FIELD||WON 34(5) – 03|
|FNB UCT 3rd XV||vs||BELLVILLE 3rd XV||UCT RUGBY FIELD||WON 08(1) – 03|
|FNB UCT U20A||vs||BELLVILLE 4th xv||UCT RUGBY FIELD||WON 78(15) – 00|
FRIDAY 19 APRIL 2013
|FNB UCT U20B||vs||HELDERBERG U20B||CT MORKEL STADIUM B||18:15|
|FNB UCT U20A||vs||HELDERBERG U20A||CT MORKEL STADIUM B||19:20|
|FNB UCT 4th XV||vs||HELDERBERG 4||CT MORKEL STADIUM B||20:30|
|FNB UCT U20C||vs||DURBELL U20B||UCT RUGBY FIELD A||18:25|
|FNB UCT 5th XV||vs||FALSE BAY 5||UCT RUGBY FIELD A||19:45|
SATURDAY 20 APRIL 2013
|FNB UCT 1st XV||vs||HELDERBERG 1st XV||CT MORKEL STADIUM A||17:00|
|FNB UCT 2nd XV||vs||HELDERBERG 2nd XV||CT MORKEL STADIUM B||13:45|
|FNB UCT 3rd XV||vs||HELDERBERG 3rd XV||CT MORKEL STADIUM B||12:25|