Cape Town - The Ikey Tigers went down 47-16 to a high-flying Maties side on Monday at the Green Mile.
A hat-trick by Duncan Saal and a clinical attacking performance saw the visitors run past their intervarsity rivals.
The Ikey Tigers got on the scoreboard first through the boot of Lohan Lubbe, but their lead was short lived as Craig Barry produced a moment of magic to finish off an Maties move worth seven points.
Lubbe was forced off after the 'strat' break as he suffered an arm injury, and while Rico Lategan was in the sinbin, the Ikey Tigers conceded a try and conversion to Christopher Smith.
Rob Anderson got the home team back on the scoreboard through a drop goal and then a penalty, before Duncan Saal scored his first try of the night, ending the first half at Maties 23-9 UCT.
The first 10 minutes of the second half were back and forth, with no team really able to capitalise on their opportunities.
In the 53rd minute, Nyasha Tarusenga scored the Ikey Tigers’ first and only try of the night as he crashed over the line before Anderson converted.
The joy was short lived, as a defensive mistake saw Michel Haznar extend Maties’ lead once again with a five-point try.
Maties showed no signs of slowing down, scoring three tries in the last nine minutes of the game.
Duncan Saal completed his hat-trick in the last five minutes of the game, scoring in both the 75th and 80th minutes.
On the day, Maties were clinical in attack and resolute in defence, putting up brick walls wherever the Ikey Tigers tried to run through.
The match ended 47-16 to Maties.
Player That Rocks: Johan Momsen (Maties)
Tries: Nyasha Tarusenga
Conversion: Rob Anderson
Drop goal: Rob Anderson
Penalties: Lohan Lubbe, Rob Anderson
Tries: Duncan Saal (one seven-pointer, two five-pointers), Christopher Smith, Craig Barry (seven-pointer), Michal Haznar, Stephan Streicher
Conversions: Smith (4)
1 Wayrin Losper, 2 Cuan Hablutzel, 3 Michael Kumbirai, 4 Duncan Saffy, 5 Gary Porter, 6 Sanele Malwane, 7 Luke Stringer, 8 Nyasha Tarusenga, 9 Stefano de Gouveia, 10 Rob Anderson, 11 Joel Smith, 12 Rico Lategan, 13 Suwi Chibale, 14 Rayno Mapoe, 15 Lohan Lubbe.
Substitutes: 16 Martin Chandler, 17 William Day, 18 Lee-Marvin Mazebuko, 19 Kuyenzeka Xaba, 20 Vernon Peterson, 21 Hilio De Abreu, 22 Tristan Mouton, 23 Gerard Pieterse.
1 Niel Oelofse, 2 Craig Corbett, 3 Jacobus van der Merwe, 4 Ernst van Rhyn, 5 Johan Momsen, 6 Saud Abrahams, 7 Jacobus van Dyk, 8 Devon Nash, 9 Brendon Nell, 10 Christopher Smit, 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 12 Chris Smit, 13 Michal Haznar, 14 Duncan Saal, 15 Craig Barry
Substitutes: 16 Johan Kirsten, 17 Wesley Adonis, 18 Wikus Groenewald, 19 Mitchell Carstens, 20 Stephan Streicher, 21 Albertus de Wet, 22 Douglas