Ikeys secured their first win of the FNB Varsity Cup when they beat a haphazard TUT side in Pretoria by 39-21 on Monday evening.
SAPA reports that it was two former Matie imports, Tiger Bax and Therlow Pietersen, who did most of the damage for their new side. Pietersen scored two tries through poor defence by TUT while Bax, who looked to be a player capable of playing representative rugby, put his backs into space as TUT struggled to fill the gaps.
TUT flyhalf Adillo Coutiers put the home side on the scoreboard first with two great penalties but from there on it was mostly one-way traffic for the Ikeys. In front of a supportive crowd TUT couldn’t string together a threatening attack, and while the forwards tackled their hearts out, nothing they could do could keep the Ikeys at bay.
The teams went into halftime with the Ikeys leading 18-11. Former Valke player Johan Schwarz reduced the lead after the break and flanker Johan Steenkamp, was rewarded for his play with a try after a TMO decision.
But it was the Ikey Tigers who scored one try after another, raking in five on the night. Matthew Rosslee kept the scoreboard ticking over with his kicking, which was much better than a week ago in Cape Town against the Maties.
Bax put the final nail in the coffin two minutes before fulltime when he darted through with not a single hand laid on him.
TUT: Tries: Tjaart Kleu, Johan Steenkamp. Penalities: Adillo Coutiers (2).
UCT: Tries: Therlow Pietersen (2), Marvin Christiansen, Mark Goosen, Tiger Bax. Conversions: Matthew Rosslee (4). Penalties: Matthew Rosslee (2).Tweet