Varsity Cup

Ikey Tigers ease past Shimlas

2014-03-10 22:08
Rugby ball
Cape Town - UCT have all but booked their place in the play-offs of this season's Varsity Cup with a clinical 25-5 victory over the Shimlas in Cape Town on Monday.

The Ikey Tigers played into the normally notorious Green Mile wind in the first half, but it did not stop from running into an 18-0 half-time lead.

But the Men from Cape Town won’t be sweating too much over that record, as their fourth of the season saw them move to 19 points on the Varsity Cup log; ahead of Shimlas and Maties.

UCT ran into an early 10-minute lead with a Richard Stewart try in the fifth minute of play, followed shortly after by a close-range effort from Jason Klaasen.

Flyhalf Dean Grant was unable to convert the scores, but the hosts would have been elated with their 10-0 lead after as many minutes.

Lock Shaun McDonald crashed over shortly before the 20-minute mark, Grant converting this time, as UCT went into the first strategy break at 18-0 up.

To their credit, the visitors began to put a few phases together as the first half went on, but they were unable to really threaten the UCT line as the hosts maintained their 18-0 going into half-time.

Shimlas started the second half the stronger of the two teams, but just as they looked to really threaten the opposition goalline the ball was turned over and they were punished.

It was vintage Ikeys as the ball passed through numerous hands and down the field, Lihleli Xoli giving the final pass to Ross Jones-Davies, who slid in at the left-hand corner for the fourth try.

Grant missed the conversion from the left-hand side, the No.10 later adding a penalty goal as the match moved towards the 70-minute mark with the Ikeys leading 25-0.

Shimlas managed a late try through hooker Jacques du Toit in the final 10 minutes, but it did not matter in the final analysis with UCT’s five points putting them within touching distance of a first semi-final since 2011 – the year they lifted the title.


UCT - 25: Tries: Richard Stewart, Jason Klaasen, Shaun McDonald, Jones-Davies; Penalty: Dean Grant; Conversion: Grant

Shimlas - 5: Try: Jacques du Toit


UCT: 15 Ross Jones-Davies, 14 Richard Stewart, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Guy Shwikard, 11 Lihleli Xoli, 10 Dean Grant, 9 Liam Slatem (captain), 8 Michael Botha, 7 Vince Jobo, 6 Jason Klaasen, 5 James Kilroe, 4 Shaun McDonald, 3 Digby Webb, 2 Neil Rautenbach, 1 Joel Carew
Substitutes: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Robin Murray, 18 Guy Alexander, 19 Kyle Kriel, 20 James Alexander, 21 Martin Sauls, 22 Nathan Nel, 23 David Maasch

Shimlas: 15 Gouws Prinsloo, 14 Maphuta Dolo, 13 Tertius Kruger, 12 Joubert Engelbrecht (captain), 11 Divandre Strydom, 10 Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 9 Kevin Luiters, 8 Gerhard Olivier, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Tienie Burger, 5 Neil Claassen, 4 Armandt Koster, 3 Justin Pappin, 2 Jacques du Toit, 1 Franco van der Merwe

Substitutes: 16 Markus Odendaal, 17 Luan de Bruin, 18 Johan van der Hoogt, 19 Neill Jordaan, 20 Kay-Kay Hlongwane, 21 Francois du Toit, 22 Sethu Tom, 23 Gideon Bruwer

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