UCT edge Maties in Inter-Varsity competition

FNB Varsity Cup

UCT Ikeys defeated FNB Varsity Cup champions Maties 27-25 during the WP Club Rugby Super League A competition to lift the Inter-Varsity Cup on Wednesday evening in Stellenbosch.

It was Maties’ first loss at the Danie Craven Stadium in three years of the Inter-Varsity and UCT's fourth win at the stadium in 141 years. Both sides scored four tries in a thrilling game that saw the Cape Town side come out on top. Maties put UCT to the sword earlier in the year on their way to FNB Varsity Cup glory, where they beat the Tigers 33-14 at the Danie Craven Stadium.

UCT captain Josh Moon explained that is side didn't have the previous result in mind going into the fixture and that the experience gained in the FNB Varsity Cup helped them get the win.

"We never entered the game thinking about them and what they have achieved thus far, we went into the game with expectations of ourselves. We are a very talented outfit with enormous potential and it was awesome to see the boys click.

"The boys have cooler heads on their shoulders now and our ability to control the game to suit our tempo and disrupt any opposition’s momentum has been hugely improved. During the Varsity Cup we never rocked up to the game and at times our game management was poor, but last night we were ready and up for a battle and there is such growth amongst the players, it really was awesome to see."

UCT scrum coach Tank Lanning believes the loss to the Stellenbosch side earlier in the year adds gravity to the win.

"It is massively rewarding considering the hammering we took in the Varsity Cup game. While we didn't take a pasting, we certainly came second best to them. So, it's massively rewarding to come back from that and get the win at the Danie Craven Stadium.

"Our scrums set the tone for a victory and that means a hell of a lot to me, the players and the institution. It's not something that happens very often. A lot of blood, sweat and tears went into it and it's always nice when it comes off."

UCT: 27

Tries: Gerard Pieterse, Simon Raw, Sam Phiri, Joel Smith
Cons: Michael Brink (2)
Pens: Michael Brink

Maties: 25
Johann van Niekerk, Herman van Dyk, Chris Smit, Tiaan Swanepoel
Cons: Tiaan Swanepoel
Pens: Tiaan Swanepoel