Hard knock: UCT second-team captain Wayne Hall (left) and the first team's John McInroy jostle for possession during the side's recent clash. The first team proved too strong for their UCT peers on the day, winning 3-1.
As their closest rivals faltered, the men's hockey first team vaulted to the top of the Western Province log recently with two wins over three days.
On Friday, July 25, the side beat Fish Hoek 2-1, Ian Symons and Andrew Cronje scoring. Two days later, the team took on a game UCT second team - which plays in the same league - and bested them 3-1.
Symons, Dave du Prez and Matthew McConkey netted for the first team.
The triumphs proved timely for the side, coming over the same weekend that saw other title contenders - Friday night rivals Fish Hoek, the University of Stellenbosch, the Western Province Cricket Club and Central - all fail to keep pace.