UCT go down to Hamiltons

UCT 23 : 43 Hamiltons

uct_maties_2007_03.jpgTwenty minutes of
enterprising rugby would produce as many points for UCT, but it was a case of
leaving it too late, when a very experienced and heavyweight
Hamiltons team handed the students the
biggest defeat of the season. A number of injuries – James Richards, torn
muscle, Bodo Sieber, rib injury, Matt Rosslee, concussion and Rob Hopwood
shoulder – had the team’s line-up change quite drastically.

There were welcome
returns of Gareth Wright, JJ Gagiano and Dave Edgar, but it was obvious that
the team’s legs were a bit heavy as they had come from a very tough week,
beating Durbanville and drawing to Victorians on Saturday and Wednesday.

Hamiltons controlled the tight phases well and
their bulk and experience proved to be a big ask for the young Ikey forwards. Handling
errors and losing possession at the breakdown were the order of the first 40
and two yellow cards severely weakened the Ikeys efforts and spirits.
Hamilton’s did not exactly play magic rugby,
but they were clinical enough to be ahead
3:27 at the break.

halftime chat brought some spirit back into the home side and once being back
to 15 men they produced some excellent rugby, with the back three of James
Martin, Fullback Richard Lawson and youngster Marcello Sampson
proving what dangerous
runners the UCT arsenal holds.

The final
score was
23:43 – a bonus point for 4 tries and the fact that some
exciting youngsters are coming through the ranks would have made the defeat a
bit more palatable. U20 A1s captain Monty Taljaard had a very strong game
coming on early for the injured Luzuko Panya. New cap Mzothando Simani
also made a good impression in the backrow getting his first feel of senior rugby. 

1 Vakai Hove, 2 Kenrick Brown, 3 Ian Mathew,
4 Rito Hlungwani, 5 Michael Passaportis, 6 Enoch
Luzuko Panya, 7 Jody Burch, 8 JJ Gagiano, 9 Shaun Stewart, 10 Gareth Wright, 11
Marcelo Sampson, 12 Andrew Martin, 13 David Edgar, 14 James Martin, 15 Richard

JP Koster, Ashley
Wells, Craig Kleu, Mzothando Simani, Daniel van der Merwe, Monty Taljaard, Kanya
Madaka, Kevin Foote


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