UCT fight for final venue

Ikeys are not prepared to play the inaugural Varsity Cup final against Maties in Stellenbosch.

The University of Cape Town, who were ranked seventh before the tournament began, finished top of the log ahead of arch-rivals Stellenbosch University. But because the floodlights at UCT aren’t good enough for a televised night match, the organisers decided before the semi-finals to hold the final at the Danie Craven Stadium. UCT then beat Pukke 32-31 in the first semi-final, before Maties edged Tukkies 47-44.

Ikeys on Monday decided they would rather play the final under lights at Newlands, which is just down the road from their university. WP MD Rob Wagner said he was happy to throw the gates open, only for the Varsity Cup organisers to insist that the game be played on a campus.

While the decider is now officially taking place in Stellenbosch next Monday at 6.45pm, Ikeys are keen to play at UCT at 2:30pm, with the game televised (delayed) at 6.45pm on SuperSport.

“I feel very sorry for Ikeys who topped the log and deserve to play the final at home,” former WP flyhalf Gareth Wright, who has played for UCT in recent years, told keo.co.za. “Would the Stormers play a home Super 14 final at Loftus? Of course not. I don’t see why they can play a Varsity Cup semi-final at 2:30pm but not a final. Maties should come to UCT and try to win the final fair and square.”