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Ikey Tigers Black Tie Dinner – Photo Collection

All the photos from the annual Ikey Tigers Black Tie dinner held at Kelvin Grove on the 10th of June. Spot the famous faces and those of your old Ikey Tigers team mates. What a night!

Ikey Tigers Black Tie Dinner 2016 photos

The annual Ikey Tigers Black Tie dinner was held at Kelvin Grove on Friday 10th of June with a capacity 300 guests who enjoyed a fantastic evening of laughs, re-unions and entertaining speeches.

Relegation battle turns into Cape derby

A twist of fate has seen the FNB Ikey Tigers opposition change from FNB UKZN to neighbours and Cape varsity rivals FNB UWC, after the Natal team was docked points for having fielded an ineligible player throughout the 2016 Varsity Shield season. 

Earlier in the competition Cup team FNB CUT was docked points as well, albeit to a lesser extent for a lesser offense. 

The Ikeys Tigers vs UWC promotion/relegation match takes place at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch, on Monday 11 April, ahead of the Varsity Cup final where Maties host UCT's 2014 final opposition NWU Puk. The match will kick off at 14h30 and will be broadcast live on SuperSport 1.

UCT and UWC last met in a pre-season friendly in January, this time around there is much more at stake of course. 

 

Here the official Varsity Cup statement: 

FNB UKZN have been docked 12 log points in the FNB Varsity Shield presented by Steinhoff International after it was brought to the attention of the Varsity Cup Board that FNB UKZN-Impi fielded an ineligible player throughout the 2016 Varsity Shield season.

“A disputes hearing was held, where an impartial chairman took the decision to deduct points from UKZN,” said Varsity Cup CEO, Duitser Bosman. “We realise that this has a major impact on their season and final log standing, but our rules regarding player eligibility are very clear and we stand firmly by them.“

FNB UKZN’s 12-point deduction, moves them into third position on the log with 20 points, while FNB UWC move up to second. This means that the Varsity Cup promotion/relegation match will now take place between FNB UCT and FNB UWC. The winner will take part in the 2017 Varsity Cup, making up the final team of the nine teams taking part in the expanded 2017 competition.

 

Tigers disappointed to go down to defending champions

The FNB Ikey Tigers missed out on a home win on the opening day of the 2016 Varsity Cup, losing 23-17 to the reigning champions FNB UFS Shimlas. The result came as a disappointment, as many were hoping for a positive start after much hard work and a rewarding preseason. However, UCT head coach Hanyani Shimange remained positive after the match: “I’m always proud of the boys. It’s only our first game of the season, so we have to learn from it and all we have to do from here is improve,” he said.

 

Both teams started the game quickly, looking to go ahead, but it was FNB Shimlas who struck first. “To be 7-0 down so early was a bit tough. Both teams defended well, and we were getting the fundamentals right but we were let down by our handling of the ball and at the breakdown,” Shimange added.

 

“They were good, they kept us under pressure and had a moment of magic for their third try. We were up against a good defence that kept shutting us out, but we were able to create a lot of chances that we unfortunately couldn’t finish. ”

 

Fans that came out to watch the game were amongst the first to witness the new scoring system in action, with the FNB Ikey Tigers constructing a move that resulted in a try worth seven points towards the end of the second half.

 

“Thank you to all the fans who came out to cheer the boys on,” Shimange said, “We’ll be back and hopefully we’ll be able to give them what they want and deserve to see. We do have the benefit of training on our home ground, so we’re used to the conditions and hopefully we’ll be able to make it count next time.”

 

The FNB Ikey Tigers travel to Bloemfontein next week to take on FNB CUT on the 15th of February at 18:30 in the second round of Varsity Cup action.

By Wessley Thring

UCT excited to kick off after successful preseason

The FNB Ikey Tigers have officially wrapped up their preseason run after a challenging game against False Bay RFC on Saturday, the 30th of January. What was always going to be a physical and testing match has allowed the team to keep building on the momentum they’ve gained and left head coach Hanyani Shimange proud of the continuous progress his team has made.

 

 “We’re happy with the performance,” Shimange said, “We rested some of our players and we also picked up a few injuries along the way, but that’s to be expected. We’re also happy that the guys just keep getting better and better with every game they play.”

 

Reflecting on their journey so far, Shimange had this to say: “We had a really good camp and preseason overall. The players had fun and although they already knew each other, they got the chance to get to know one another even better. In terms of our culture: we all know where we’re heading. We’re all on the same page here.”

 

“We had a nice run out against the Stormers, and a tough match against False Bay.  But now we know that we’re right there physically, we know that we’re ready for the season,” he added when commenting on recent performances.

 

Looking towards the approach of the new season, coach Shimange noted that the entire camp is buzzing ahead of their opening match. “The mood around the camp is that of pure excitement. We watched the Varsity Shield and the guys can’t wait until it’s our turn to step out onto that field.”

 

 

The FNB Ikey Tigers host FNB Shimlas at the Green Mile on Monday, the 8th of February at 19:00 (TV). Tickets are available at (www.webtickets.co.za)