The hosts got the scoring underway soon after kickoff at a windy 'Green Mile' with Duran Koevort both dotting down and converting to hand the Ikeys a 7-0 lead. The UCT fullback converted a further three first half tries, scored by flanker Sipho Dyonase, prop and captain Luthando Woji and lock Connor Evans to hand them a comfortable 28-0 half-time lead.
The onus was now on UWC to mount a comeback. They certainly tried their best as all of Shaine Orderson, Peter Williams, Conwill Conradie and Aydon Topley dotted down in the second half - three of which were converted by captain Lyle Hendricks.
However, the boys in blue and gold couldn't contain the hosts attack who themselves scored three tries in the second half through Mike Schubert, Imad Khan and Ntokozo Makhaza (the latter two point-of-origin efforts) and two conversions from Koevort to secure the 51-26 victory and bragging rights.
Next up for coach Paul Treu's men is a tough fixture against defending champions FNB UP-Tuks and they will hope that home ground advantage proves key.
FNB UCT Ikeys 51 (28) – Tries: Duran Koevort, Sipho Dyonase, Luthando Woji, Connor Evans, Mika Schubert, Imad Khan (1x7), Ntokozo Makhaza (1x7). Conversions: Duran Koevort (6).
FNB UWC 26 (0) – Tries: Shaine Orderson, Peter Williams, Conwill Conradie, Aydon Topley. Conversions: Lyle Hendricks (3).
FNB Player That Rocks: Connor Evans (FNB UCT Ikeys)
FNB UWC Starting XV – 15 Gilroy Lee Philander, 14 Tasriq Mynhardt, 13 Aydon Topley, 12 Lyle Hendricks (captain), 11 Peter Williams, 10 Hanno van Biljon, 9 Conwill Conradie, 8 Shaine Orderson, 7 Godfrey Muzanarwo, 6 Romuald Ntumba, 5 Jaen-Louis de Lange, 4 Bronlee Mouries, 3 Justin Theys, 2 Mauritz Swart, 1 Keon Links.
Replacements: 16 Lukhanyo Vokozela, 17 Haniël du Toit, 18 Liam Tattersall, 19 Nicholas Chipanje, 20 Will Vraagom, 21 Patrick Kotze, 22 Tandile Hoyi, 23 Keanuh Michaels.
Head coach: Paul Treu
Match summary courtesy Varsity Cup Media. Photo courtesy ASEM Engage.