The Ikey Tigers took on Primrose at Rosmead on Saturday in the fourth round of the WP Super League, coming out tops with a score of 49-11.
The game was always going to be tough for the Tigers as it was away from home and Primrose were coming off a big win against VICS the week before, but UCT kept control of the game scoring seven tries in total.
UCT coach Kevin Musikanth explained that the Tigers played exceptionally well in the first half of the game, managing to score three tries from well-executed drives “and some great line running from fly half Ross Jones Davies, whose incisive breaks caught the eye,” he said.
Primrose fought hard to stay in the game, landing two penalties to make the score 21-6 just before half time. And then, Musikanth said, “UCT camped on the Primrose line for the last 5 minutes of the first half eventually scoring through captain Michael Botha, only to have the try disallowed from the touch judge, who spotted a knock-on.” This gave Primrose some hope going into the second half.
Two quick-fire tries from replacement scrum half Ryan Dugmore in the first minutes of second half shattered these hopes. The tries were executed with the help of exciting UCT outside backs Suwi Chibale, Paul Cohen and Richard Stewart. While Primrose managed to score a last-minute consolation try, UCT ran out winners with a score of 49-11.
All in all, said the coach, “the pack spearheaded by Shaun McDonald and live-wire flanker Jason Klaasens, kept Primrose on their toes,” “James Kilore was superb in the lineouts and Varsity Cup star Digby Webb was a rock of strength come scrum time.” Similarly, Jones-Davies was on song, converting all the tries scored.
The game was further testament to the powerful, relentless side the Ikey Tigers have become, and it comes on the cusp of the Intervarsity games, which begin on Saturday the 10th of May.
Tries: Alexander (2), Dugmore (2), Bednall, Schwikkard, Sauls.
Conversions: Jones-Davies (7)
15. Thomas Bednall, 14. Richard Stewart, 13. Martin Sauls, 12. Guy Schwikkard, 11. Suwi Chibale, 10. Ross Jones-Davies, 9. James Alexander, 8. Guy Alexander, 7. Michael Botha, 6. Jason Klaasen, 5. James Kilroe, 4. Shaun McDonald, 3. Digby Webb, 2. Chad Solomon, 1. Joel Carew.
16. Mike Kennedy, 17. Robin Murray, 18. Jade Kriel, 19. Gareth Ehret, 20. Ryan Dugmore, 21. Paul Cohen, 22. Wesley Hamilton.
By Megan Kinnaird