On a lovely sunny day, UCT managed another solid performance, to pick up a bonus-point win against a well-drilled Villagers outfit. The final score being 43-20.
UCT had one of their poorer starts of the season, but this was largely due the structured defecne of Villager and their impressive use of the boot. However, Villager were only able to add a solitary penalty early on in the game. As time went by, UCT managed to put some passages of play together, which saw a try from Dave Russell, and then a lovely run-in from Brad Paul, move the score to 10-3. The boys in blue and white began to hit their straps, and it appeared at one stage that the flood gates may open, as the loose-trio ran amok, and the backline began to put some passes together. Two more tries then came about courtesy of Bester and Taberer, as the boys sealed the bonus point before the break. A slight lapse saw Villager dot down to leave the score at 24-8 at half-time.
A large penalty count meant that the game often lacked rhthym, but Villager were first to score after the break, through an intercept try that was well-finished. UCT however, continued to use their nothing ventured, nothing gained approach, and were able to strike three more times through Mark WInter twice, and through a second from Brad Paul. Villager were able to register another, which meant this was highest tally of tries conceded alll year, but the score of 43-20 showed UCT’s overall dominance. Well done to Zandy Macdonald on his 3rd Man-of-the-match performance of the year. Friday night sees the boys travel out to NNK.
Team: Taylor, Page, Paul, Horne, Esterhuyse, Setlaba (C), Macdonald, Mallet, Strange, Jenkinson, Evans, Taberer, Winter, Bester, Russell
subs: Smith, Naude, Brukman, Botha, Farrar, Valentine, Stuart