UCT slips against Durb-Bell

UCT ended the 1st round of the League on a low, losing to a physical Durb-Bell  17-27.

UCT started well against the home-side, setting up phases and running through the plays. The Ikeys hard work paid off with a penalty in the 1st 10 minutes. UCT had most of the possession in the 1st quarter but failed to convert it points. Durb-Bell capitalized on UCT’s unforced errors scoring twice from within their own half. Things looked gloomy for the visitors as Durb-Bell dotted down a 3rd try just before half-time ending the half 22-3 to Durb-Bell.
 
UCT fought back courageously in the 2nd half with some good inter-play between the backs and forwards. UCT were able narrow the deficit to 22-17 with 15 minutes to go. 

 The Ikeys  were close to leveling scores, with Tiger Bax pushing through a grubber for Marcelo Sampson who was pushed out of the way by the cover defender. The ref ruled a 22m drop out and it ended up being Durb-Bell who managed to score from a scrum in the last minutes of the game, which took the score out of reach for the visitors.

Saturday’s game was a bit emotional for the Ikey family. It was possibly UCT‘s golden boy Matthew Rosslee last match for the blue and white, the unwavering Bodo “Door” Sieber stepping down from competitive rugby, and of course the farewell of the dynamo of UCT Rugby John Dobson as head coach.

Ikey Tigers: 15 Marcel Brache, 14 Paul Cohen, 13 Mark Esterhuisen, 12 Matt Rosslee, 11 Marcello Sampson, 10 Tiger Bax, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Yaya Hartzenberg, 7 Jody Burch, 6 Nick Fenton Wells, 5 Don Armand (captain), 4 Bodo Sieber, 3 Grant Kemp 2 Matt Page, 1 Ash Wells.
Replacements: 16 Blake Pengelly, 17 Chris Heiberg,  18 Martin Muller, 19 Andre Goosen, 20 Sharief Hendricks , 21 Adrian Kritzinger

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