Ikey Tigers

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.

Ikey Tigers
Full nameUniversity of Cape Town Rugby Football Club
LocationCape Town, South Africa
RegionCape Town
Ground(s)Groote Schuur Rugby Field[1] (Capacity: 7000)
Coach(es)Christiaan Esterhuizen
Captain(s)Kuyenzeka Xaba
League(s)Varsity Cup
(Lost in semi-final)
Team kit
Official website


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 11 April in Pretoria featuring UCT against Tuks. UCT won by 26–16 to claim their first ever Varsity Cup title.


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]


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.


Date Home Team Score Away Team Reference
20 March 2008UCT38–34Maties[4]
7 April 2008Maties16–10UCT[5]
2 February 2009UCT10–12Maties[6]
8 March 2010Maties23–17UCT[7]
29 March 2010Maties17–14UCT[8]
7 March 2011UCT16–37Maties[9]
12 March 2012Maties45–5UCT[10]
4 March 2013UCT15–37Maties[11]
10 February 2014Maties16–33UCT[12]
24 March 2014UCT20–8Maties[13]

Current squad

The squad for the 2016 Varsity Cup was named as follows:[14]

UCT Ikey Tigers Varsity Cup squad


  • Brenton Greaves
  • Keagan Timm


  • Joel Carew
  • Alex Goldstein
  • Michael Kumbirai
  • David Maasch
  • Samuel Theron
  • Msizi Zondi


  • Olwethu Hans
  • Jade Kriel
  • Gary Porter
  • Duncan John Saffy

Loose Forwards

  • Guy Alexander (c)
  • Brendan Ross Clements
  • Jason Klaasen
  • Sean Paterson
  • Mark Prior
  • Aphiwe Qaba
  • Alva Junior Senderayi
  • Luke Stringer
  • Nyasha Tarusenga
  • Tino Zakeyo


  • Hilio de Abreu
  • Stefano de Gouveia
  • Dylan-Lee Tidbury
  • Steve Wallace


  • Robert Anderson
  • Tom Bednall


  • Paul Hendry
  • Justin Heunis
  • Rico Lategan
  • Sebastian Rudolph Adran Roodt
  • Joel Clive Smith


  • Suwi Chibale
  • Bradley Janse van Rensburg
  • Rayno Mapoe
  • Nate Nel
  • Jesse Wilensky
  • Lihleli Xoli


(c) Denotes team captain.

Season Standings

Ikey Tigers Varsity Cup Final Standings
Season Position P W D L PF PA PD BP Pts Play-Off Result
20082nd7601260149+111731Losing finalists
20091st7502177121+56525Losing semi-finalists
20102nd7511223139+84325Losing finalists
20127th7115164195–3139Won relegation play-off
20153rd7412258157+101422Losing semi-finalists

Individual Records

Player Awards

  • 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

See also


  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" (PDF). In Field, Sean; et al. (eds.). 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. "SA Rugby Match Centre – UCT 38-34 Maties". South African Rugby Union. 20 March 2008. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  5. "SA Rugby Match Centre – UCT 10-16 Maties". South African Rugby Union. 7 April 2008. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  6. "SA Rugby Match Centre – UCT 10-12 Maties". South African Rugby Union. 2 February 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  7. "SA Rugby Match Centre – Maties 23-17 UCT". South African Rugby Union. 8 March 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  8. "SA Rugby Match Centre – Maties 17-14 UCT". South African Rugby Union. 29 March 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  9. "SA Rugby Match Centre – UCT 16-37 Maties". South African Rugby Union. 7 March 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  10. "SA Rugby Match Centre – Maties 45-5 UCT". South African Rugby Union. 12 March 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  11. "SA Rugby Match Centre – FNB UCT 15-37 FNB Maties". South African Rugby Union. 4 March 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  12. "SA Rugby Match Centre – FNB MATIES 16-33 FNB UCT 1ST XV". South African Rugby Union. 10 February 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  13. "SA Rugby Match Centre – FNB UCT 1ST XV 20-8 FNB MATIES". South African Rugby Union. 24 March 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  14. "SA Rugby Squad – FNB UCT IKEYS : 2016 FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
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