Happily do I chew on my proverbial hat. The last vestige of doubt about the ability of the current Tigers squad to be a potent force in this year’s Varsity Cup Competition, was blown away last night by a dynamic performance by Nick Fenton-Wells and his team.
What an emphatic victory! The Tigers withstood the 8 minute blitz by the Pukke at the start of the game, to turn the game on its head with a polished performance of constructive, highly attractive rugby. A scoreline of 36-8 flattered the Pukke. A rare defensive lapse in the first few minutes allowed the Pukke to score a good try, unconverted. That, plus an early penalty, was that. The Tigers tore into ‘Ligtoring Landman’s team and left them in tatters. I thought that Rudy Joubert was going to blow a fuse at the end of the game.
The UCT forwards were superb, none more so than Nizaam Carr and Wesley Chetty. Carr looks to me to have the makings of a top class 8th man. Nick Fenton- Wells not only led the team well; he played his heart out. Eben Etzebeth, of the famed Etzebeth clan, has all the goodies to be a top class lock, including that elusive quality in the lock fraternity; controlled mongrel.
Demetri ‘The Cat’ Catrakilis controlled the game well, and outside him Adrian Kritzinger and Tiger Bax were very good. This was the Tigers approaching their best. Footey, keep the best for the 7th March.
Behind the scenes in the Tiger’s camp are various people who deserve recognition. This week I choose to praise and recognize the input of two Varsity men of the highest calibre. The first is John Le Roux, the epitome of a UCT rugby man, a superb player in his day, and the linchpin of the 200 Club for many years. John is so highly thought of and well liked by the current squad, that they sing a special song called ‘ John Le Roux.’ I am not privy to the background of the ‘praise song’, but plan to find out.
The other UCT man who has given much of his proven managerial skill and passion to the pre season preparation of the Tigers, is Greg Fury; Greg was a senior player in the early nineties and Club Captain. We are very lucky to have a man like Greg on our side.
What struck me about the Pukke home ground is that their facilities are excellent; far superior to our charismatic but inadequate, windswept Green Mile. All the more reason for signing up today with the Ikey Foundation.
Well done Tigers; well done Footey and Dave. Now for the four home games and the climax of this part of the Competition; Maties at the Green Mile on the 7th. March. It is time to put the ghost to rest. The Tigers will beat them on that day and we will all party well into the night.