Villagers 7:32 UCT
The Ikeys put themselves back on the Superleague map with a convincing victory over old foes Villagers RFC at Brookside. The students beat their Southern Suburbs rivals with four tries to one and showed a lot of the rugby that made them so dangerous in the Varsity Cup, putting on relentless pressure, expecially in the second half.
The first 40 were a physical, but fairly even affair, UCT did more of the playing, but the wind helped the homeside keep the field position even. Matt Rosslee opened the score with a penalty and shortly after UCT flank Luzuko Panya showed some great hands to send over flying winger Matt Turner in the corner. Matthew Rosslee converted and also added another 3 points before halftime. Warren Edwards, the former UCT and WP Vodacom flyhalf scored Villagers only try after a great individual effort from 30 meters out and added the conversion to make it 7:13 at halfime.
The second half saw the visitors turn it up a couple of gears and the pressure told, as UCT created three definite try-scoring opportuninties in the first 10 minutes after the break. Unfortunately the last pass was fumbled or never came, so even though the match now happened exclusively in the Villagers half, UCT had no points to show for it. With 20 minutes to go the seal was finally broken when an extended attacking phase saw the Ikeys advance within a meter of the tryline, the ball was sent to the far right, where JJ Gagiano crossed over for a try. Minutes later, it was Gagiano again, who this time showed great hands, after catching a desperate Villagers kick that was meant to release some pressure. He beat a defender on the halfway mark and sent his support players charging down field, where Kyle Brown dotted down for try no3. Another try of the same design was scraped off the home sides tryline, when UCT center Tim Whitehead got caught centimeters short by speedy Village fullback James Richards after a great 30 meter break.
The game was by now well won and UCT were chasing a valuable bonus point, which they got through a second Matt Turner try in the dying seconds of the game.
UCT’s man of the match was strong running no8 Kyle Brown who punched holes in the defence putting Villagers on the backfoot time and again.
Matt Turner (2), JJ Gagiano, Kyle Brown
1. Herbert Mayosi, 2. JP Koster, 3 Dylan Rodgers, 4. Martin Miller,
5 Don Armand, 6 Enoch Panya, 7. Jody Burch (c) , 8 Kyle Brown, 9 Danie
van der Merwe , 10 Matthew Rosslee, 11 James Martin, 12 Sean van Tonder,
13 Tim Whitehead, 14 Matthew Turner, 15 Dave Clayton
16 Ashley Wells, 17 Vakai Hove, 18 Dayne Galley, 19 JJ Gagiano, 20 Kyle
Wickens, 21 Kevin Foote, 22 Pete Haw