On Wednesday evening the Ikey Tigers took on Kuilsriver on the Green Mile in their third game of the WP Super League, beating them 38-14 and securing their place at the top of the log.
In the days leading up to the match UCTRFC caught up with coach Kevin Musikanth to find out how the team are feeling about the encounter.
The coach stated that Kuilsriver did well in the WP Super B League last year to game promotion into the top league, and would not be taken lightly. “Kuilsriver is a proud club that will be physical and likely to throw the ball around as well […] they will be up for the challenge and the Ikeys need to prepare thoroughly as per any game of rugby” he explained.
Speaking about the fact that the game will be played at UCT, in front of their home crowd, Musikanth said “it will be the first home league game at the Green Mile so it will be a great chance for the boys to run out at home”.
The Tigers started off well with an opening try by Alexander, after a powerful scrum. The try was converted leaving the scoreboard at 10-0. The boys added further insult to injury when Botha crashed over the tryline after a massive maul drive. A 40 metre sprint by the Kuilsriver eighthman then allowed the side to add some points, bringing the score up to 17-7. Alexander then added another 5 points on the stroke of half time after a brilliant pass from Jones-Davies to leave the score at 22-7 at the break.
Jones-Davies got the scoring underway in the second half, crossing over the white after a sprint from the Ikeys own 10m line. The visitors then had their second say with another try from the eighthman, after a speedy pick up off a scrum. Lastly, taking advantage of a yellow card to the Kuilsriver winger, UCT's Cohen then had his say, dotting down the bal, and bringing the final score up to 38-14.
With the win, the Tigers proudly move into first position on the log above Maties, furthering the momentum gathered from their Varsity Cup glory. The UCT 2nd team are also on form as well as the U20s, both teams remaining unbeaten.
On Saturday the Ikeys will take on Primrose in their fourth game of the tournament. The game is sure to be a challenge as the game will take place away from home and because Primrose are still basking in the light against the Victorians over the weekend.