The Ikey Tigers maintained their top spot in the WP Super League log with a 42-10 win over Helderberg RFC on Saturday, with only two weeks left in the tournament.
With Durbell winning their game against Hamiltons 23-22 on Friday, the Hammies are all but out of contention for the league title – though they can still quality for the Community Cup.
Speaking about how the boys managed yet another big win, UCT coach Kevin Musikanth said “The boys are driven to succeed. This team is player-driven and they pride themselves on rising to the occasion and overcoming challenges. They set a really high standard for themselves and are an absolute pleasure to coach.”
Moving on to how it feels to be in first position, Musikanth was cautious as he spoke about their upcoming game against the Victorians on Saturday, August 22 – a game which will be their last of the tournament. “We are obviously aware that league honours is in fact not in our hands. We need to try and win our last match against Victorians with the most points possible and from there hope that Hamiltons do us the favour of knocking over Maties,” he said.
Unfortunately, this is all that the Ikeys can do, as rivals Stellenbosch are three points behind with a game in hand.
However, he went on “Having said that it is good to find ourselves on top of the log. This is a magical team and as a group of sports people we have been through an unbelievable journey together since we first assembled nearly a year ago.”
More specific regarding the week ahead, the coach grew sentimental. “It is a tough week for us but it is our last week together really as a squad before we break and then cast our sights to 2015 and the Varsity Cup so we will relish the time together,” he said.
The UCT vs Victorians game will kick-off at 21:00 on Saturday at the Danie Craven Stadium.