UCT Defeat False Bay To Claim The Mark Jordaan Memorial Trophy
For the second week in a row, the UCT 1st XV have come back from behind, this time to defeat their rivals False Bay in a nail-biting derby that will be remembered for years to come. This was UCT’s first away victory against the Bay since 2013. Their victory means that the Mark Jordaan Memorial Trophy will travel down to the Green Mile trophy cabinet until the two sides meet again.
The day opened up on a strong note for the visitors as the UCT U20A side kept their unbeaten record in an emphatic 47-10 victory over the False Bay U20A side. This young UCT side continues to impress week after week as they consistently deliver truly incredible performances. Their outstanding record spanning over almost 2 years in the league means that the future of rugby at UCT does look bright.
The Bears picked up their first loss since the winter break losing out to a False Bay 3rd XV that has won every game thus far this season. The Bears put up a strong fight but the Bay was just too strong as they won that match 35-10. The Bears are still in for a shot at the playoffs and will be hungry for revenge should the two sides meet again in the semi-finals.
The UCT 2nd XV picked up only their second loss of the season as they narrowly lost out to the False Bay 2nd XV 26-19. Their 7-point loss margin means that they would have picked up a losing bonus point but they’ll be gutted not to have picked up the win in that match.
The UCT 1st XV produced the true Ikey Tiger’s fighting spirit that UCT is renowned for as they dug deep to come from behind and claim a 24-22 victory in their math over False bay 1st XV. In what was a truly a great rugby spectacle, UCT put on a great display of what it truly means to be an Ikey Tiger as they fought to the death to claim the victory over their old foe. Although they remain in 3rd place on the log with 49 points they have a game in hand over the two sides above them with 51 points each and are now perfectly poised to end the season in 1st place should they continue this strong run of form.