The FNB Ikey Tigers were able to secure yet another win as they fought through muddy conditions on Saturday to beat Brackenfell 17 – 11. There is not much time for the players to rest, as they host Belhar on Wednesday evening in their second last match of the season.
“It was a mud bath to say the least. We played in horrendous conditions, against a very physical team on a narrow pitch, and we know that narrow pitches don’t fit the type of rugby we like to play at UCT,” explained Esterhuizen.
“They deserved their lead at halftime, but the second half was all us. The main difference between the two teams was our scrum. We completely dominated them in there, and Rob Anderson kicked the ball and made it hard for their back three,” he added.
While the match was never likely to result in a large score line, Esterhuizen stated that he is happy with his team’s strong performance given the circumstances. “We were even camped on their try line for some time and we really wanted to get that bonus point, but I’m glad that we were able to hold on and get the win,” Esterhuizen said.
Looking ahead to their next game against Belhar, the team will be looking for that full eighty-minute performance that sometimes eluded them earlier in the season.
“We don’t really know what to expect against Belhar, because they are a team that can either really show up or not show up at all. What we do know is that they are a team that never stop playing, they perform for the full eight-minutes. So from the very beginning, we’re going to be aggressive and lay down the law and hopefully win the physical game,” Esterhuizen concluded.
The FNB Ikey Tigers will take on Belhar on Wednesday, the 17th of August at 20:20 at Groote Schuur A.
The team that will take the field is as follows:
15 Tom Bednall, 14 Brad Janse van Rensburg, 13 Lihle Xoli, 12 Rico Lategan, 11 Ibbie Adams, 10 Rob Anderson, 9 Dylan Tydbury, 8 Nyasha Tarusenga, 7 Brad Bosman, 6 Jason Klaasens, 5 Jade Kriel, 4 Duncan Saffy, 3 Jayson Landman, 2 Brenton Greaves, 1 Robin Murray
16 Marty Chandler, 17 Sam Theron, 18 Stuart Stopforth, 19 Alva Sendrayani, 20 Stef De Gouveia/James Alexander (TBC), 21 Suwi Chibale, 22 Mike Muller