UCT cut CUT to shreds

FNB UCT Ikeys made it three out of three on the Green Mile via a truly superb display of rugby against the FNB CUT Ixias 44-7 on Monday night.

It truly was a performance for the ages …

This after the Cubs had earlier given up a commanding lead to go down to the Shimlas U20 team. They now face a fight for survival up country next week against Wits.

On the Mile, it was the Tigers who scored four first-half tries as they bossed a vulnerable Ixias side who looked powerless in the face of such clinical attack.

Winger Notokozo Makhaza broke the deadlock as he scored a point-of-origin try following an error by the visitors, who lost a crucial ball in their 22. He didn’t make any mistake with the conversion, taking the score to 9-0.

Lock Enos Ndiao forced his way through the CUT defence to dive over for UCT’s second try.

Scrumhalf Riaan Genis did not want to be left out, and after a successful lineout, powered by 8th man Reynhardt Crous, Genis scored his try. Makhaza’s conversion took the score to 23-0.

A crosskick from Ikey flyhalf Alexander Vermeulen found hooker Keagan Blanckenberg standing on the wing (where else would this ultra mobile hooker be?) and he powered his way over the tryline. Makhaza slotted his fourth successful conversion taking the score to 30-0 at half-time.

Xola Nyali scored UCT’s fifth try 10 minutes into the second half. It didn’t take long for Makhaza to add his second try of the evening, taking the score to 44-0 after 56 minutes.

CUT utility back Juan Arnold Smith scored the only try for the visitors from a good line-out take. Flyhalf Natanael Young netted the conversion, but it was too little, too late.


UCT Ikeys 44 (30) – Tries: Ntokoza Makhaza (2), Enos Ndiao, Riaan Genis, Keagan Blanckenberg, Xola Nyali. Conversions: Ntokozo Makhaza (6).

CUT 7 (0) – Tries: Juan Arnold Smith. Conversions: Natanael Young.

FNB Player That Rocks: Ntokozo Makhaza (FNB UCT)

FNB Ikeys: Mhleli Khuzwayo, Keagan Blanckenberg, John Okonkwo, Enos Ndiao, Johan van Rhyn, Xola Nyali, Laro Delport, Reynhardt Crous, Riaan Genis, Alexander Vermeulen, Ntokozo Makhaza, Jonathan Roche, Thomas Nel, Lezane George Davis, Duran Ryan Koevort.

FNB CUT: Jan-Hendrik Bessenger, Albertus Human Venter, Leon Johan Franzsen, Asekho Phindile Marubelela, Jonathan Olivier, Tsebano Edward Stemer, Tjaart Jurie Van der Walt, Jacobus Johannes Cloete, Raydon Swartbooi, Natanael Young, Tsepo Siphosethu Malumane, Septimus Dercksen, Liam Prinsloo, Adielson Gouveia, Devanito Lushan Vergotine.

A few snaps from the game:


Photos by: James Cameron Heron/VARSITY SPORTS