Ikeys run Community Cup champs close in league opener

FNB Ikey Tigers come close again

The FNB Ikey Tigers narrowly missed out on victory on a windy Saturday afternoon, going down 19-20 to Durbell in Durbanville. Despite the loss, the team will be buoyed by the trademark fighting spirit they displayed throughout the second half, and we can only hope that it’s a sign of better things to come.

“The match could’ve gone either way really, the wind was a big determining factor,” said Christiaan Esterhuizen after his first match in charge this season. “They had the wind in the first half and built up a lead, and we came back strong in the second half but we just ran out of time in the end,” he added.

The team did indeed come out swinging in the second half, impressively overpowering Durbell’s scrum which is known to be one of the strongest scrums in the league. “We showed a real fighting spirit to come back like that in the second half. They’re a big pack but we did well, especially with our scrum,” Esterhuizen said, “But overall, we could’ve done better. We played well for sixty minutes, so we’re still waiting for that full eighty minute performance.”

The team was also lifted by the inclusion of some experienced players, and coach Esterhuizen mentioned that the effect they had on the team didn’t go unnoticed. “It was great having them in the squad. Cullen Callopy was our man of the match, and our props were incredible. They’re older and more experienced and we really did dominate their scrum during the match. James Alexander, our number 9, is a great player too so they definitely did well,” praised Esterhuizen.

The team and fans alike will be hoping to see that eighty minute long exhibition of running rugby that the FNB Ikey Tigers pride themselves on very soon, as they have a big match against False Bay on Saturday, the 23rd of April at 15:30.

By Wessley Thring.

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