UCT name strong team for Maties clash

UCT coach Kevin Foote's selection options for the exciting match up with Maties in Stellenbosch on Saturday has been significantly boosted by the return of some key players.

 

The Ikeys, the defending Super League champions, will travel to Stellenbosch looking to end the first half of their title defence on a high, whilst the home side, the Maties, will be looking to end this first 'block' in first place on the log.

The last time Stellenbosch and UCT met was in the 2012 FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International – back in March; with the Maties winning 45-5.

However, in last year's Western Province Super League, the Ikeys triumphed on two occasions – 28-19 (in Stellenbosch on May 14) and 22-15 (at UCT on August 6).

Whilst the Maties are missing the likes of Grant Hattingh (now with the Lions) and Dean Hammond (SA Under-20) from the Varsity Cup, returning stars like Morgan Newman, Johan Roets and Wilhelm van der Sluys will add plenty to their side.

UCT, meanwhile, are without SA Under-20 squad member Dillyn Leyds (a stand-out during the Varsity Cup), along with a host of injuries up front, but they have been boosted by the return of Tiger Bax (from injury) and Ricky Schroeder (from Vodacom Cup duty).

"It's always tough traveling to Stellenbosch," said Ikeys coach Kevin Foote, whose team has played eight games so far this season – winning five, losing two and drawing once.

"It's been a very testing period for us, having missed up to fourteen players due to injury at one stage, but we're very happy to welcome back the likes of Tiger Bax, Rayn Smid and James Kilroe for this weekend's game."

FNB Ikey TIgers:

15. Liam Bax 14. Nathan Nel 13. Damian De Allende 12. Adrian Kritzinger 11. Paul Cohen 10. Ross Jones-Davies 9. Rick Schreuder 8. Rayn Smid  7.James Tatham 6. JJ Gagiano 5. Levi Odendaal 4. James Kilroe 3. Christopher Heiberg 2. Neil Rautenbach 1. Wesley Chetty



Replacements: 16. Mathew Page 17. Shane Meier 18. Digby Webb 19. West MacIntosh 20.  Josh Katzen 21. Stephen Wallace 22. Nicholas Walton





UCT Eagles – 2nd XV



15. Andrew Norton 14. Siyabongokuhle Khumalo 13. David Ambunya 12. Andre Coetzer 11. David De Kooker 10. Mathew Russell 9. Sharief Hendricks 8. Theo Van Aspern 7. Blake Pengelly 6. Christopher Roberts 5. Arrie Van Deventer 4. Wolfgang Rohr 3. Ellis Lardner 2. Timothy Louw 1. Devon Cunningham



Replacements: 16. Gareth Topkin 17. Mini Bhengu 18. Jade Kriel 19. Nicholas Rosslee 20. Ryan Dugmore 21. Stephen Dale 22. Ricky Rijs

 

SATURDAY 26 MAY 2012

TEAM

VS

OPPONENTS

VENUE

TIME

FNB UCT 1ST XV

Vs

MATIES 1

DANIE CRAVEN STADIUM

16:00

FNB UCT EAGLES XV

Vs

MATIES 2

DANIE CRAVEN STADIUM

14:45

FNB UCT ISH DRAMAT XV

Vs

MATIES 3

DANIE CRAVEN STADIUM

13:30

FNB UCT U20 A1

Vs

MATIES U20A

COETZENBURG B

TBC

 

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