The FNB Ikey Tigers coach is indomitable in the faith he has in his charges and attests for the passion and courage the team displayed in Monday night's draw against the FNB Shimlas
The Ikeys coach, who guided his team to a famous Varsity Cup and League trophy win in 2011 said "Monday night's game against Shimlas was again a massively close affair, where the Ikey Tigers again showed the passion and commitment that has inspired all involved throughout the year."
Shimlas are without a doubt a quality outfit – their results in many ways have been similar to UCT's this season and they find themselves in an ungrateful 6th position in the log – the big difference to UCT of course is that they may still slip into the play off fold if they can beat UJ away next week and Tuks hold off NMMU. Their results to date were Wits 7 – 61 Shimlas, Shimlas 15 – 23 Maties, Shimlas 12 – 23 Tuks, NMMU 14 – 10 Shimlas, Shimlas 38 – 18 NWU-Puk. Close losses to Maties, Tuks and NMMU – but their stand out result of course was a dominant display against Pukke in the week leading up the the 21:21 Ikeys match.
"It was an exciting game where two teams with similar styles came out, and threw all they had at each other in an attractive running style." added Foote about Monday's draw.
While UCT were in the lead three times, with the home side pulling back to even the score-lines, in the end it was the Bloem outfit who pushed hard for the win.
Foote said: "The Ikeys had to hold there defensive line for the last 15 minutes and did so with such courage, that it sent wonderful, proud memories of the 2011 final flooding back into my heart. This team has inspired us all through love for each other, the Ikey Tigers, and for the game they play."
UCT's final match is played on Monday against FNB Wits on the Green Mile at 19.00, with the UCT Steinhoff Cobras taking on Wits Commerce as a curtain raiser at 16.45 with a very real chance of advancing to the semi finals of the Steinhoff Rugby Championships.
The Tigers log position will not change from 7th spot win or loose, but they are determined to finish on a high note and thank their faithful supporters with a win and an exciting celebration ofrunning rugby.
The Ikeys coach concluded "One more Varsity Cup challenge lies ahead of the team for 2013, and they are ready and hungry to leave the fans with a special performance."