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Ikeys clinch Varsity Cup

2011-04-11 22:08

Pretoria - The University of Cape Town won their first FNB Varsity Cup, presented by Steinhoff International, when they beat Tuks 26-16 at the Tuks Rugby stadium in Pretoria on Monday evening.

FNB UCT came from behind, trailing 10-16 against FNB Tuks at halftime, to keep the home team scoreless after the break and win at their third attempt in a Final.
 
It was a final decided through the doggedness of the Ikeys, who held out in the face of 10 minutes of relentless pressure from the Tuks team, who took the ball through more than 20 phases at one stage - without being able to breach the visitors' defence.
 
Early Tuks mistakes cost them and Ikeys were also made to pay for a litany of errors. Tuks were also more effective at the breakdown in the first half, as the hand of Heyneke Meyer could clearly be seen - both in terms of tactics and passion. Ikeys were also not coping well with the high bombs raining on them, as the Tuks halfback pairing of flyhalf Wesley Dunlop, also the captain, and No.9 Danie Faasen dictated terms with their accurate tactical kicking.
 
However, the Ikeys eventually realised that if they retained the ball for long enough periods the opposition inevitably concede penalties under pressure and with their forwards in full cry after the break, they looked a class outfit. It allowed their dangerous running backs more opportunities to receive the ball going forward at pace and the gaps started to appear.
 
In the end it was a deserved win by an Ikeys team that showed they could not only play attractive rugby, but also grind out a win in finals.
 
Tuks were made to pay early for their sloppy start - Greg Mallett going over for the first try after just 70 seconds. It all started when Tuks failed to collect the first kick-off and then messed up a lineout which stemmed from the first mistake.
 
Tuks had their chances in the first 10 minutes, but on a number of occasions either the Ikeys defence stopped them in their tracks, or their handling let them down.

However, once the nerves had settled, they found their way into UCT territory, won a penalty and flyhalf Wesley Dunlop opened his team's account in the 12th minute. And he made it 6-7 five minutes later when Ikeys were penalised at a ruck right in front of their posts.
 
And with a string of penalties against the visitors, it came as no surprise when Tuks turned their possession and territory into points - centre Jean du Plessis going over after some quick phase play, Dunlop adding the extras and Tuks taking a 13-7 lead into the first strategy break. Dunlop made it a nine-point lead (16-7) as the penalty count for breakdown infringements continued to mount against UCT.
 
Demetri Catrakilis pulled three points back right on the stroke of half-time, as Ikeys finally got their hands on the ball and managed to put enough phases together to force the home team into conceding a penalty - making it 16-10 at the break.
 
Catrakilis gave Ikeys the opening points after the break, a penalty for a late tackle, but not before Nic Groom had come close enough to attract the attention of the TMO - who ruled that it was unclear whether he had put the ball down on or over the line. And he levelled the scores up at 16-all towards the end of the third quarter, as Tuks found the breakdown penalty count mounting against them.
 
The visitors eventually regained the lead as they piled on the pressure, took the ball through the phases and with their forwards making plenty of metres, it was hooker Matt Page that got the second try. Catrakilis added the conversion for a 23-16 lead going into the second strategy break.
 
And with just on 10 minutes remaining Catrakilis gave his team some breathing space with his fourth penalty of the evening - 26-16.
 
Tuks now launched a series of powerful forward raids on the Ikeys line - taking lineouts instead of kicks at goal, quick taps from penalties and twice going over the line, only for the ball to be held up.

All the while time kept on ticking away.

At one stage they went more than 20 phases, as the Ikeys tackled them back time-and-again.

Sport24

Comments
  • Lourens - 2011-04-11 22:26

    Well done to the Ikeys, great win.

      watalife - 2011-04-11 22:34

      Can you just imagine the headline of the BEELD?

      Stox - 2011-04-12 09:54

      I'm not being nasty here, but TUKS played Blue Bull rugby style, and lost. Much like the actual Blue Bulls. Time to move on Northies, your play style is clearly outdated. I know they made it to the final, but you won't win it that way. Look at this game and the super rugby log. Well done for making it that far though. Nice to have a Stellies-less final for once :)

  • watalife - 2011-04-11 22:27

    Well another great tussle between North/South. No game plan once again from north let them down; slowly the South applied the pressure and took the north apart. It’s not a surprise and we can only trust that the competition gets more innovative from our rivals. Once again brain power overtook the bully tactics and let true rugby BLOM. Great rugby WP lets make them vreet more KAK….bulls suck big time….

      Nielo - 2011-04-12 08:24

      Then I suggest you get some more brainpower, because there still is no trophy in your cupboard. Super game last night! Really enjoyed it!! From Old Tukkie

      Mojojo - 2011-04-12 11:01

      @Nielo Why don't you take a look at thw WP Rugby Trophy Cupbaord. Under 13, U15, U17 U20 and now Varsity Cup. S15 is no the only thing out there. PS, keep looking at the past to make youself feel better, cos at present the Bulls, Lions, and Cheetahs are an embarresment.

      Mojojo - 2011-04-12 11:01

      @Nielo Why don't you take a look at thw WP Rugby Trophy Cupbaord. Under 13, U15, U17 U20 and now Varsity Cup. S15 is no the only thing out there. PS, keep looking at the past to make youself feel better, cos at present the Bulls, Lions, and Cheetahs are an embarresment.

      watalife - 2011-04-12 11:05

      Ja Nielo, Brain power is really not something needed to join Tuks, as long as one can drop,skop & place you can get your masters in anything. Tuks played very well but same game plan for the entire competition let them down, Following the bulls camp i see.

      Nielo - 2011-04-12 12:15

      @Mojojo. My humble apologies. I didnt know you were in possession of such an extraordinary range of trophies. Dont forget the Currie Cup? @Watalife. My presumption would be that you are at least in possiossion of a bachelors degree (from a University) to be able to speak such truths?

  • Sturridge - 2011-04-11 22:28

    Ah U, Ah U, Ah UCT! Nice one Ikeys! Finally, we win. I guess UCT will take a Varsity Cup in which Maties don't play in the knockout stages. Sad, but one day, we'll even take the Maties scalp.

  • majoor - 2011-04-11 22:46

    En daar kak die Bulle weer op hulle tuisveld! He-he. Uitstekende wedstryd... Tukkies het vir lank gedomineer maar hulle gebrek aan variasie het hulle in die steek gelaat en die Ikeys het soos besetenes verdedig. Well done Ikeys. You guys struggled for many years, especially against "us" (Maties). Well done and may this be the start of great History in the making

      treasonvoice - 2011-04-11 23:00

      I really wish our (UCT's) win was over Maties... Maties are generally a far greater challenge than Tukkies. Maybe next year we'll see a return to the local derby in the final. Of course, we need to keep the rest of the country interested in the competition if it is to have any hope of survival. However, this Cape domination of the VC is perhaps good for the future of WP/Stormers. So regardless of who wins (between the Tigers and those other guys), let's keep hold of that trophy in the Cape.

      watalife - 2011-04-11 23:01

      Yawn!!!!!! another win on home ground for the South, its old news now can we please move forward and trust our rivals gain some confidence.

      Damian@bulls - 2011-04-12 09:00

      is maties nie in die boland nie?

      MrMojoRising - 2011-04-12 09:23

      Damian, good question, but who cares really. I'm a Matie and I see Stellenbosch being part of both!

  • saliem - 2011-04-11 22:50

    Ikeyyyyyyyyyys jou lekker ding... and away from home as well :P

  • Taezor - 2011-04-11 23:41

    Give me a UUUUU Give me a CCCC Give me a TTTTT What do you get? Champions baby yeah!! GO UCT!!!!!!

  • Lydon - 2011-04-11 23:44

    Once an Ikey, always a tiger!

  • Proudly SA - 2011-04-12 06:32

    Brilliant Ikeys -Well done!!! Much nicer to be reading positive stories such as this rather than on going reports about atrocious behaviour and conduct of Malema

  • ZOLLIEZAP - 2011-04-12 07:45

    Fokket maar daai ref was darem k@k die tweede helfte

      Staalbal - 2011-04-12 08:11

      Ja, blame the ref

  • Staalbal - 2011-04-12 08:08

    Well done Ikeys. Cape rugby is in good shape

  • molefeP - 2011-04-12 08:09

    Well done ikeys, you deserve the win.

  • Nielo - 2011-04-12 08:12

    I am an old Tukkie and all I can say is: Wow, well done to the guys from the Cape! Great game!

  • Hannes van der Linde - 2011-04-12 08:12

    WELL DONE BOYTJIES!!!

  • Makutu - 2011-04-12 08:34

    YEAH! That's my VARSITY TEAM!!!!!

      ZOLLIEZAP - 2011-04-12 08:40

      Makutu ,moenie maak as of jy op Varsity was nie,bosskool waar jy besny is tel nie,of val dit onder ikeys?

      watalife - 2011-04-12 11:08

      @ZOLLIEZAP, maybe he did attend bosskool but hell he still has more brain power than you. bulls...suck

  • Cloudy - 2011-04-12 09:00

    Well done Ikey Tigers!!!

  • Damian@bulls - 2011-04-12 09:07

    well done ikeys, julle het die wen verdien. Ons tukkies manne was nie goed genoeg in die twede helfte nie. En asseblief stormers, NEE die krag van SA rugby is nog nie in die suide nie. Hoekom is dit vir julle so groot storie as julle ons klop op ons tuisveld, want dis 'n gewoonte vir ons om dit op julle tuisveld te doen! Kom ons vat niks weg van die ikeys nie, wat regtig alle lof verdien wat na hulle kant toe kom. En ons hoop al ons Sa spanne doen goed die naweek. Ek weet die bulle het baie support nodig want saterdag is maak of breek vir ons kanse rugby groete

  • Kaapie - 2011-04-12 09:44

    Ikeys played a great game. I'm sure most of you guys have been watching the comp. For the player that stands out is the Ikey flyhalf. Cant understand why he isnt with the WP squad. good boot, good hands and can tackle. WP open your eyes. The forward that catches the eye Eben Etsebeth( is he the son of one of the Etsebeth brothers that played for WP?) and loose forward Nizaam Carr.

  • Mojojo - 2011-04-12 11:02

    @Nielo Why don't you take a look at th WP Rugby Trophy Cupbaord. Under 13, U15, U17 U20 and now Varsity Cup. S15 is no the only thing out there. PS, keep looking at the past to make youself feel better, cos at present the Bulls, Lions, and Cheetahs are an embarresment.

      Nielo - 2011-04-12 12:16

      @Mojojo. My humble apologies. I didnt know you were in possession of such an extraordinary range of trophies. Dont forget the Currie Cup? @Watalife. My presumption would be that you are at least in possession of a bachelors degree (from a University) to be able to speak such truths?

  • CBacon - 2011-04-12 12:19

    Wow Ikeys flyhalf - you are amazing! Congrats Ikey's! You were definitely the better team last night... Maybe WP needs to take a look at Catrakilis?

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