Ikeys prepare for biggest test

ikey_tigers_logo.gifTUT vs IKEY TIGERS Monday 10. March, KO 18.45, Pretoria

Forget about taking on the might of Maties and Shimlas at this month’s
Easter Festival in George; the table-topping Ikey Tigers have bigger
fish to fry in their latest FNB Varsity Cup assignment on Monday, March
10.

The University of Cape Town, fresh from two successive triumphs, travel
to Pretoria to take on the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)at
6.45pm – a match that could just define the Capetonians’ Varsity Cup
season.

Having surprised friend and foe alike by topping the table after three matches, the Ikey Tigers would dearly like to take another step closer to the semi-finals with a win over TUT.

But they know it won’t be easy.

“From what we’ve seen so far, the TUT guys are the most physical and the biggest of the teams in this competition,” said UCT head coach John Dobson.

“They beat Pukke on their own turf earlier in the tournament and will be waiting for us as everyone scrambles for some more log points before the Easter Festival, where points will be very hard to come by in the run-in to the semi-finals.”

Last week UCT found themselves 3-24 down at half-time against UJ, but they rallied back in the second half to record a memorable 34-31 victory over Francois Pienaar’s alma mater – a result that has given this young team the necessary belief to make a difference in this tournament.

“It was quite an experience for the guys to fly up on the morning and then have to front up at 5pm that same afternoon against a strong team like UJ,” said Dobson.

“They know they weren’t good in the first half, but they showed a lot of guts in the second half,” he added.

“I guess it’s been the same old story for us in the Varsity Cup – good halves mixed with bad halves, but we know that we’re capable of more and we intend to show it before this tournament is over.”

Meanwhile, in Saturday’s Varsity Cup action, UJ and the Maties kept the pressure on UCT with convincing victories. UJ smashed Tukkies 41-18 in Johannesburg, whilst Maties beat Shimlas 27-11 in Stellenbosch.

Maties’ second win of the season sees them move back to the top of the log with 13 points after four games, but UCT – who currently have 11 points from three matches – can reclaim the outright top spot with a victory over TUT on Monday.

Ikey Tigers:
1 Herbert Mayosi, 2 JP Koster, 3 Dylan Rogers, 4 Mike Ledwige, 5 Donovan Armand, 6 Luzuko Panya, 7 Kyle Brown, 8 JJ Gagiano
(captain)
9 Danie van der Merwe, 10 Matthew Rosslee, 11 Marcelo Sampson, 12 Pieter Engelbrecht (VC), 13 Tim Whitehead, 14 Matthew Turner, 15 Peter Haw

Reserves: Mark Goosen / Bradford Gornall, Wesley Chetty, Dane Galley, Mzotando Simani, Stuart Commins, Sean van Tonder, Justin Bijl

 

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