In a closely contested match at Groote Schuur on Wednesday evening, UCT managed to put in a committed and brilliant effort to pull off a 23:17 win over the Junior Vics team from Stellenbosch. The overall tally of 2 tries to 1 proved to be the turning point, together with some reslient defence throughout and some accurate place kicking.
The Game kicked off at a furious pace, and it was not long into the game when Vics got on the board with a try and penalty. UCT came back well after this with some impressive running rugby which saw Tom Horne run in under the posts, evading a few tackles in the process.
The game continued at a lively pace, testing the player’s fitness throughout. A few penalties were exchanged until, after a good bit of work from Doug Mallett, Sipho Evans was able to run in under the poles to score a beautiful try which would be applauded by all rugby lovers watching the game. The half time score was then 17-14.
The second half saw no tries being scored but was rather typified by sterling defence from both sides and valiant efforts by both to score the elusive winning try. A few more penalties being exchanged saw the score settle at 23:17 with about 15 minutes to go.
Both sides did not give up on their desire to play exciting rugby, but neither was able to pierce the defences of the other. The final result thus turning out to be 23 17 to UCT. A massive congrats must go to everyone involved, and especially to Doug Mallett for his man-of-the-match performance.
UCT U20 A1 Team:
Bruinders, Bester, Taberer, Evans, Njongwe, Mallett, Watermeyer, Macdonald, Setlaba, Botha, Horne, Esterhuyse, Paul, Page, Williams
Christie, Brukman, Smith, Van Lierde, Bell, Farrar, Jenkinson