Published on Tuesday, 28 February 2012 10:39
Written by Megan Kinnaird
The UCT Ikey Tigers suffered a loss at the hands of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) on Monday evening.
The teams’ fourth game in the FNB Varsity Cup was played at the NMMU stadium in Port Elizabeth. The Ikeys managed to get 21 points, while NMMU snuck ahead with 23 points.
The first half consisted of two tries from both teams. In the 8th minute, NMMU’s captain Jaco Swanepoel managed to wriggle away from Zandy MacDonald to claim the first points of the match. Gerrit Smith missed the conversion, but converted the next one which came at the hands of Quinton Crocker.
With the score at 13 to nil, the Ikeys countered both of these with a try by Dillyn Leyds in the 24th minute and another by Tiger Bax in the 40th. UCT’s flyhalf Nick Holton converted only the second try and this evened the score at half time at 13 – 13.
The second half played out in favour for NMMU’s Jaco Otto who scored a try in the 70th minute, of which Smith slotted the conversion. In a bout of individual brilliance, Dillyn Leyds managed to construct something out of nothing, slipped a few tackles and scored in the 72nd minute. Holton converted the try and set the team level again.
In the 80th minute of the match, after the siren had gone off, replacement Bradley Kretzman came to his team’s rescue. Following several penalties, last of which was against the Ikeys, Kretzman kicked for the goals, hitting the posts, but nonetheless bringing his team to glory.
It was NMMU’s first win of the Monte Taljaard Trophy since its origination in 2009. Nonetheless, the Ikey Tigers still have one more shot at reaching the semi-finals.