Ikeys march on

The University of Cape Town thrashed the Tshwane University of Technology 52-16 on Monday night to remain at the top of the Varsity Cup log.

Winger Matthew Turner scored a hat-trick for UCT, having grabbed a double in their match against Pukke. Ikeys are now three points clear of arch-rivals Maties at the top of the log.

TUT coach Jimmy Watt said UCT could win the competition.

“They play a true student brand of rugby and they have adapted to the new laws.,” he said. “Their skills levels are very high. It doesn’t matter if it is a back or a forward, he can get his hands through the tackle and offload to a team-mate. They move the ball around and if you miss one tackle, you stand behind your own goal-line.”

In the day’s other match in Port Elizabeth, Pukke beat Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) 26-21 in difficult conditions.

Both teams capitalised on the other’s mistakes with the first three tries scored from turn-over ball.

Pukke winger Lolo Waqa dotted down twice, but it was outside centre Paul Bosch who stood out, playing a big role in his side’s first two tries.

Ikeys – Tries: Matthew Turner (3), Tim Whitehead, Pieter Engelbrecht, Marcello Samspn, Danie van der Merwe, penalty Try. Conversions: Matthew Rosslee (6).
TUT – Try: Jannie Cloete. Conversion: Braam Pretorius. Penalties: Pretorius (3).

Pukke – Tries: Lolo Waqa (2), Nelis Nel. Conversions: Jean Tiedt. Penalties: Tiedt (2), Devan Eckard.
NMMU – Tries: Dwayne Cruickshank, Morne van der Westhuizen. Conversion: Michael Galinetti. Penalties: Galinetti (2). Drop goal: Kit Branch.

Varsity Cup log (after Round 4)
1. UCT 16
2. Maties 13
3. Pukke 13
4. UJ 11
5. Tuks 9
6. TUT 9
7. Shimlas 5*
8. NMMU 3*
* played three matches