After losing two matches back-to-back, the FNB UCT first team came back with a bang to beat the Helderberg RFC by 24-14 on Saturday, May 29. The Ikeys were up 14-0 at the break and scored two more tries in the second half to give them a very important bonus point. Dave Ricketts and Pieter-Andre Keevy played well, with Keevy scoring a memorable individual try after he ran some 60-metres with the ball.
Western Province, fielding four UCT players, "cemented" its second-place ranking when it lost 2-3 to KwaZulu-Natal in the final of the men's interprovincial tournament recently. The side, which hasn't won the event since 1984, came back well from a 0-2 first-half deficit, but let a couple of match-winning chances go a-begging, said coach, UCT's Pierre le Roux. The seemingly indomitable KZN still had the upper hand when it came to confidence, added Le Roux afterwards. "It's just a mental thing. It's got nothing to do with the skill - we showed at times that we could outplay them in all areas of the field. It's just a case of pulling it together upstairs in the brain cells."
Back on campus, Le Roux and his UCT players got straight back to their winning ways, overrunning Fish Hoek by 4-1 on the evening of June 1. Sean Thomson, Paul Blake and Mark Oelofse scored for UCT in what turned out to be a very easy game. The UCT second side unfortunately went down 0-2 to Stellenbosch on the same evening.
The women's first side also lost 0-2 to Maties in its clash on Sunday, May 30. Coach Charlie Stuart was again frustrated as his side failed to score from its short corners. "We're doing well in getting the short corners. I'm just not happy with the conversion rate at the moment," he said.
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