Ikey Tigers

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Ikey Tigers
University of Cape Town coat of arms.png
Full name University of Cape Town Rugby Football Club
Location Cape Town, South Africa
Region Cape Town
Ground(s) Groote Schuur Rugby Field[1] (Capacity: 7000)
Coach(es) Kevin Musikanth
Captain(s) Liam Slatem
League(s) Varsity Cup
2014 Champions
Official website
www.uctrfc.co.za

The Ikey Tigers are a South African rugby union team from the University of Cape Town in the Western Cape who compete in the FNB Varsity Cup.

History[edit]

The "Ikey" nickname originated in the 1910s as an anti-semitic epithet applied to UCT students by the students of Stellenbosch University, because of the supposed large number of Jewish students at UCT.[2]

Since the inception of the FNB Varsity Cup, the Ikey Tigers have been one of the strongest competitors, finishing runners up in 2008 and 2010. Both final loses fell at the hands of the Ikeys arch rival, the Maties. In 2008 UCT went down to Maties by 16–10 in the inaugural Varsity Cup final after topping the log at the end of the round robin stage of the competition. In 2009, UCT were once again prominent in the round robin stage, finishing second and qualifying for a second home semi-final. They lost the game to the NWU Pukke by 17–19.

The 2010 Varsity Cup saw another strong showing from UCT as they once again finished second on the log. They qualified for their second final by beating the Shimlas of Free State at home by 27–21. They then went on to play Maties in the final with the game resulting in the closest winning margin in the history of the competition with Maties winning by 17–14.

In 2011 UCT finished second on the log for a third successive time and claimed an unprecedented 4th Semi-Final appearance. They once again faced Shimlas in their home semi-final, beating them by 57–20 to qualify for their third final. The 2011 final took place on the 11th of April in Pretoria featuring UCT against Tuks. UCT won by 26–16 to claim their first ever Varsity Cup title.

Stadium[edit]

The rugby fields at UCT

The Ikey Tigers play their home fixtures on the Groote Schuur Rugby Field which is adjacent to the University campus. The fields are known commonly by UCT students as The Green Mile. Since the inception of the Varsity Cup, the field has not met the required standards for night fixtures which has resulted in UCT playing two "home" finals away, namely in 2008 when they had to travel to Stellenbosch to play Maties and in 2011 when they had to travel to Pretoria to play Tuks. On 7 March 2011 the UCT rugby club received a $1 million donation from Neville Isdell which allowed them to dust off their longtime plans to build a proper rugby stadium.[3]

Rivalries[edit]

The Ikey Tigers main rivalry is with Stellenbosch University's Maties. The rivalry is fuelled by the relative geographical proximity of the two universities, and their status as the two top universities in the Western Cape. This rivalry is further intensified by the fact that they are the two most successful teams in the competition and have competed two finals against each other. Matches between these two teams draw large crowds and are normally televised on SuperSport.

Results:

Date Home Team Score Away Team Reference
20 March 2008 UCT 38–34 Maties [4]
7 April 2008 Maties 16–10 UCT [5]
2 February 2009 UCT 10–12 Maties [6]
8 March 2010 Maties 23–17 UCT [7]
29 March 2010 Maties 17–14 UCT [8]
7 March 2011 UCT 16–37 Maties [9]
12 March 2012 Maties 45–5 UCT [10]
4 March 2013 UCT 15–37 Maties [11]
10 February 2014 Maties 16–33 UCT [12]
24 March 2014 UCT 20–8 Maties [13]

Current Squad[edit]

The squad for the 2014 Varsity Cup was named as follows:[14]

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under IRB eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-IRB nationality.

Player Position Union
Mike Kennedy Hooker South Africa South Africa
Neil Rautenbach Hooker South Africa South Africa
Chad Solomon Hooker South Africa South Africa
Joel Carew Prop South Africa South Africa
Deacon Chowles Prop South Africa South Africa
Keegan Ehret Prop South Africa South Africa
Zolani Faku Prop South Africa South Africa
David Maasch Prop South Africa South Africa
Robin Murray Prop South Africa South Africa
Digby Webb Prop South Africa South Africa
Brad Bosman Lock South Africa South Africa
James Kilroe Lock South Africa South Africa
Jade Kriel Lock South Africa South Africa
Shaun McDonald Lock South Africa South Africa
Wade Schoor Lock South Africa South Africa
Jan Uys Lock South Africa South Africa
Mike Botha Flanker South Africa South Africa
Vince Jobo Flanker South Africa South Africa
Sean Johnstone Flanker South Africa South Africa
Jason Klaasen Flanker South Africa South Africa
Kyle Kriel Flanker South Africa South Africa
Sihle Mtwa Flanker South Africa South Africa
Tino Zakeyo Flanker South Africa South Africa
Guy Alexander Number 8 South Africa South Africa
Player Position Union
James Alexander Scrum-half South Africa South Africa
Ryan Dugmore Scrum-half South Africa South Africa
Liam Slatem Scrum-half South Africa South Africa
Dean Grant Fly-half South Africa South Africa
Nick Holton Fly-half South Africa South Africa
Ross Jones-Davies Fly-half South Africa South Africa
Guy Schwikkard Fly-half South Africa South Africa
Suwi Chibale Centre South Africa South Africa
Trent Jenkinson Centre South Africa South Africa
Huw Jones Centre Scotland Scotland
Brendan Rodgers Centre South Africa South Africa
David Strachan Centre South Africa South Africa
Lihleli Xoli Centre South Africa South Africa
Paul Cohen Wing South Africa South Africa
Paul Hendry Wing South Africa South Africa
Nate Nel Wing South Africa South Africa
Richard Stewart Wing South Africa South Africa
Tom Bednall Fullback South Africa South Africa
Martin Sauls Fullback South Africa South Africa

Season Standings[edit]

Ikey Tigers Varsity Cup Final Standings
Season Position P W D L PF PA PD BP Pts Play-Off Result
2008 2nd 7 6 0 1 260 149 +111 7 31 Losing finalists
2009 1st 7 5 0 2 177 121 +56 5 25 Losing semi-finalists
2010 2nd 7 5 1 1 223 139 +84 3 25 Losing finalists
2011 2nd 7 5 0 2 213 134 +79 3 23 Champions
2012 7th 7 1 1 5 164 195 –31 3 9 Won relegation play-off
2013 7th 7 1 2 4 159 198 –39 3 11
2014 2nd 7 5 0 2 186 141 +45 4 24 Champions

Individual Records[edit]

Player Awards[edit]

  • 2008 Top Try Scorer - Mathew Turner (9 tries)
  • 2009 Top Try Scorer - Therlow Pietersen (6 tries)
  • 2009 Back That Rocks - Therlow Pietersen
  • 2011 Top Try Scorer - Therlow Pietersen (7 tries)
  • 2011 Top Points Scorer - Demetri Catrakilis (136 points)
  • 2014 Forward That Rocks - Shaun McDonald

Notable Players and Coaches[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.uct.ac.za/downloads/uct.ac.za/currentstud/societies/sports_clubs/Varsitycup_fixtures.pdf
  2. ^ Swanson, Felicity (2007). "‘Die SACS kom terug’: intervarsity rugby, masculinity and white identity at the University of Cape Town, 1960s-1970s". In Field, Sean, et al. Imagining the City: Memories and Cultures in Cape Town (PDF). Cape Town: HSRC Press. p. 210. ISBN 0-7969-2179-2. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  3. ^ http://www.uct.ac.za/mondaypaper/?id=8492
  4. ^ "Match Breakdown: UCT vs Maties". South African Rugby Union. 20 March 2008. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Match Breakdown: UCT vs Maties". South African Rugby Union. 7 April 2008. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Match Breakdown: UCT vs Maties". South African Rugby Union. 2 February 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Match Breakdown: Maties vs UCT". South African Rugby Union. 8 March 2010. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Match Breakdown: Maties vs UCT". South African Rugby Union. 29 March 2010. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Match Breakdown: UCT vs Maties". South African Rugby Union. 7 March 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Match Breakdown: Maties vs UCT". South African Rugby Union. 12 March 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Match Breakdown: FNB UCT vs FNB Maties". South African Rugby Union. 4 March 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "Match Breakdown: FNB UCT vs FNB Maties". South African Rugby Union. 4 March 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Match Breakdown: FNB UCT vs FNB Maties". South African Rugby Union. 4 March 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "2014 UCT Ikey Tigers Varsity Cup squad". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 

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