Ikeys Tigers ready for Maties
For FNB UCT the derby against FNB Maties is as good a s a final, after the Ikeys are yet to record a first win, with only a draw and close result bonus point losses to show for their courageous efforts.
The Ikeys have been unlucky and on the receiving end of some tough results, which means this game will be vital for them to retain some pride in the Cape as well as in the tournament.
The side for the Mother City have really played some good rugby but they have not been able to play this good rugby consitantly enough this season.
On Monday they will be looking to players like young hooker Michael Willemse and flyhalf Dillyn Leyds to spark them into action.
Willemse has been one of the stand-out players for Ikeys this season with a high work-rate a number of great performances.
In the back-line, UCT have made two changes with Dylan Sage coming into the starting XV in place of Richard Stewart, Tiger Bax comes back into the starting line-up at the expense of Nicholas Loizidis and David Ambunya has moved into the outside-centre position from inside-centre with the return of Bax.
In the forwards there are three changes as the injured Shaun McDonald makes way for Kyle Kriel, who played flank last week, in the lock position as well as Bradely Bosman coming into the side at No. 8 in place of Josh Katzen. The last change is the inclusion of American hooker / flank Derek Asbun on the side of the scrum.
With these changes UCT are hoping they can push Maties all the way in the Cape Derby.
UCT: 15 Ross Jones-Davies, 14 Dylan Sage, 13 David Ambunya, 12 Liam Bax, 11 Lihleli Xoli, 10 Dillyn Leyds, 9 Liam Slatem (captain), 8 Bradley Bosman, 7 Ntsolo Setlaba, 6 Derek Asbun, 5 James Kilroe, 4 Kyle Kriel, 3 Shane Meier, 2 Michael Willemse, 1 Oliver Kebble.
Replacements: 16 Neil Rautenbach, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Johannes de Klerk, 19 Jason Klaasen, 20 Rick Schroeder, 21 Richard Stewart, 22 Paul Cohen, 23 Digby Webb.
Date: Monday, March 4
Venue: UCT Rugby Field, Cape Town
Referee: Marius van der Westhuize
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