The University of Cape Town produced a solid performance to beat the University of Pretoria 4-2 in the final match of the opening day of Varsity Hockey at the Tuks Astro.
The final match of the opening day of action at the Tuks Astro proved to be a tense affair as log leaders Tuks were pushed hard by their Capetonian opponents.
Tuks had plenty of opportunities to score but it was UCT who drew first blood with a converted short corner by Ross Talmage. The men from Pretoria continued to make attacking raids throughout the first half but UCT thwarted their attempts with a solid defensive effort.
Tuks took the lead eight minutes into the second half with a field goal but UCT responded four minutes later with another short corner courtesy of James Watters.
The men from Cape Town sealed the win with 10 minutes left on the clock as Dan Cole netted a field goal to hand his team a 4-2 upset in Pretoria.
Goals: Steven Paulo
Goals: Ross Talmage, James Watters, Dan Cole
FNB Player of the Match: Onke Letuka (Tuks)
Mugg & Bean Star Player: Matthew Davies (Tuks)
Samsung Super Striker: Dan Cole (UCT)
Tuks: 1. Hendrik Kriek (GK), 2. Onke Letuka, 4. Mitchell Currie, 6. James Redfern, 7. Sam Mvimbi, 8. Peabo Lembethe (c), 10. Michael Forrest, 15. Bradley Sherwood, 19. Matthew Davies, 22. Mark Chong.
Subs: 5. Jared Cass, 9. Steven Paulo 11. Ashley Kemp, 13. Matthew Butler, 16. Nicholas Pio, 20. Christian Kriek, 21. Tim Halle, 23. Sizwe Mthembu (GK).
UCT: Anton van Loggerenberg (GK), 2. James Watters, 4. Ross Talmage, 5. Bjorn Sorenson (c), 6. Malachy Barbour, 10. Jack Forest, 12. Dan Cole, 14. Michael Gildenhuys, 15. Jaydoe Rossouw, 19. Nick Meckechnie, 28. Ross Maharage
Subs: 3. Tim Alfeld, 8. Walter Pfaff, 13. Mawu Zukisa, 23. Daiyaan Solomons, 26. Liam Peter (GK), 31. Tino Elijah, 32. Jack Tevershan.
By Dan Lombard