UCT

The UCT Ikey Tigers defeated Bordeaux University 17-3 in Japan on Monday to secure a second-successive World University Rugby Cup title.

The Ikey Tigers, who participated in and won the first edition four years ago, have now successfully defended their crown and they did so with a perfect record.

UCT had been the form team leading up to the final, conceding just 14 points while chalking up 120 in return.

In their first match, Ikeys defeated the University of British Columbia 40-0, followed by a 33-14 win against New Zealand Universities and a 52-0 thrashing of Bordeaux to set up a semi-final against Oxford University.

Ikeys didn’t have it all their own way in the knockout match against Oxford, but eventually managed to grind out a 15-0 victory to advance to the final.

In a rematch of their earlier clash with Bordeaux, the French side gave a much better account of themselves. But UCT still had enough firepower to overcome an improved performance from Bordeaux to clinch the title.

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