UCT demolished NMMU 49-12 to claim top spot on the log, followed by UJ and Maties who also recorded wins in the third round of the Varsity Cup on Monday.
UCT continued their impressive form as they picked up their third consecutive win against the Madibas in Cape Town.
Ikeys dominated proceedings as they crossed the whitewash seven times through replacement flanker Alexander Macdonald, lock Eben Etzebeth, replacement prop Francois van Wyk, scrumhalf Nic Groom, fullback Richard Rijs and outside centre Therlow Pietersen while flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis kicked 16 points to secure the biggest win of the round.
Flanker Ferdinand Gerber and scrumhalf Shannon Rick scored consolation tries for NMMU.
In Johannesburg, UJ kept their unbeaten status as they overturned a 17-9 half-time deficit to beat Shimlas 28-24.
The visitors were impressive on attack, which saw them score two tries through wing Cameron Jacobs and scrumhalf Daniel Acker for the lead at the break. Flyhalf Theuns Kotze kicked the UJ’s points in the first half.
But the hosts delivered a spirited performance in the second stanza as replacement hooker Francois du Toit, wing Lolo Waka and replacement prop Ruan Dreyer crossed the chalk to seal a great comeback victory.
After their shock defeat to Shimlas last week, defending champions Maties got their campaign back on track with a 44-12 drubbing of TUT in Pretoria.
The hosts were within reach at half-time as they only trailed 15-7 at the break. However, the visitors ran riot in the second half as they scored four tries to comprehensive victory. Speedster Tythan Adams starred for Maties as he grabbed a second-half brace while scrumhalf Donald Stevens contributed 17 points through a try, three conversions and two penalties.
Pukke’s disastrous start to the 2011 campaign worsened as they suffered a 35-10 loss to Tuks in Potchefstroom.
Scrumhalf Daniel Faasen grabbed a brace while No 8 Arno Botha, wing Hayden Groepes and fullback Jurgen Visser scored a try each to hand Pukke their third successive defeat.
Varsity Cup, Round 3 results:
TUT 12 (7) - Tries: Hansie Graaff, JJ Breet. Conversions: Ruan Boshoff.
Maties 44 (15) - Tries: Donald Stevens, Ryan Nell, Tertius Daniller, Tythan Adams (2), Penalty Try. Conversions: Stevens (3), Andre Kemp. Penalties: Stevens (2).
UJ 28(9) – Tries: Francois du Toit, Lolo Waka, Ruan Dreyer. Conversions: Theuns Kotze (2). Penalties: Kotze (2). Drop Goal: Kotze.
Shimlas 24(17) – Tries: Cameron Jacobs, Daniel Acker, Zandre de Bruin. Conversions: Shaun Davids (3). Penalties: Davids (2).
Pukke 10(3) – Tries: Cecil Dumond. Conversions: Dumond. Penalties: Johan Laker.
Tuks 35(25) – Tries: Arno Botha, Daniel Faasen (2), Hayden Groepes, Jurgen Visser. Conversions: Wesely Dunlop (2). Penalties: Dunlop (2).
UCT 49 (27) – Tries: Alexander Macdonald, Eben Etzebeth, Francois van Wyk, Nic Groom, Richard Rijs, Therlow Pietersen. Conversions: Demetri Catrakilis (5). Penalties: Catrakilis (2).
NMMU 12(5) – Tries: Ferdinand Gerber, Shannon Rick. Conversions: Martin Muller.