In a rather frustrating match played out in Somerset West, UCT managed to outscore Helderberg by 3 tries to 1, notching up a 17:3 win.
The match kicked off late, which caused much frustration for both sides, due to the referee being told the wrong time. Unfortunately he continued to frustrate throughout the afternoon with his enthusiastic blowing of all sorts of infringements. Right from the get-go UCT showed a will to run the ball, and seemed to have numbers over on many occasions. An early try by Trent Jenkinson started what one would have thought may have been a run of many, but unfortunately things didn’t quite click on a number of occasions and we continued to get close to scoring only for a loose pass or a shrill whistle balst to stifle our progress. Two tries were all we had to show for in the first half, and a 10 0 lead seemed to be smaller than perhaps it should have been.
The second half began in much the same fashion, and Helderberg managed to sneak in a penalty to bring the scores to 10 3. It did seem however that UCT were always likely to take the spoils. A third try by substitute Greg Mallett put the result out of doubt and saw an allout the launch for the desired bonus point. Unfortunately the game ended as it began with things just not quite turning out our way. A 17 3 win being the final outcome. A great effort by the forwards saw Luke Esterhuyse winning the man of the match award, and the boys now keenly look forward to the intervarsity clash!
Team: Bruinders,Bester,Khumalo, Jenkinson,Bell, Mallett (c), Farrar,Brukman, Macdonald,Botha,Esterhuyse,Horne, Williams,Page, Paul
Reserves: Botha,Mallet, Shameeg,Watermeyer,Setlaba,Taberer