Cape Town - An impressive attacking display from UJ saw the Ikey Tigers’ hopes of finishing in a top-four spot slip further away with only two fixtures remaining before the semi-finals of the Varsity Cup. The match ended 40-12 in favour of the visitors.
The match was quite even for the first quarter of the game, with Aphiwe Dyantyi providing the first few sparks as he embarked on a dangerous run down the left side of the field. The teams went into the first strat break on equal terms, but it was UJ who drew first blood as Johan Esterhuizen crossed the line. The try was converted, and UJ went on to spread the ball wide after a period of pressure, allowing Curtley Adams to cross the line unchallenged for a converted try giving UJ an 18-0 lead over UCT at half-time.
The Ikey Tigers came out in the second half determined to make up the gap in points, and scored a seven-point try through Gerard Pieterse. It wasn’t long before Johannes Snyman extended UJ’s lead, with de Villiers crossing the line again seven minutes afterwards, further extending their lead to 28-7.
There was a period of ten minutes when UJ were reduced to ten men and Rayno Mapoe found some space on the right wing, but besides that, UJ were as clinical in defence as they were in attack.
Nel then scored a penalty kick for UJ, giving them a 19-point lead. The home team didn’t give up though, scoring again through Seb Roodt down the left wing. After that it was all UJ in the late stages of the game, and a sweeping move in the final minutes saw Ramaboea score a seven-point try. After Nel converted, the game ended 40-12 to UJ.