Ikey Tigers scrumhalf Liam Slatem will look to keep the pace high against NMMU
FNB UCT coach Kevin Foote has only made one change to the team that so comprehensively beat TUT on Monday, by bringing back Don Armand, who was unavailable with WP commitments.
2011 league captain Armand takes over at lock in place of Brad Bosman who moves to the bench with young James Kilroe missing out this week.
The Madibaz, of course famously upset the Shimlas who had so comprehensively beaten UCT on the Green Mile in the opening round. The Tigers will be facing a tough challenge in the PE wind against the NMMU forwards in particular and are gearing up for a must win match, are they to make up ground to the semi final contenders ahead of them.
Captain Ntsolo Setlaba’s charges team seems to be settling after a couple of personel reshuffles and a much improved performance in Pretoria, where young 8th man Rayn Smid stole the limelight with a man of the match performance. The loose forward – who turns 20 next month – contributed 20 points and plenty of go forward in the 66-2 demolition of FNB TUT. Smid, a Craven Week player in 2010, made his debut against FNB UJ the week before as a replacement but clearly enjoyed his first start in the Varsity Cup.
Monday’s match between the Madibaz and the Ikeys will double up as the annual Monte Taljaard Trophy Match – in remembrance of the outstanding UCT flanker Monte Taljaard who was killed in a car accident in 2009.
Taljaard was schooled in Port Elizabeth but joined UCT after finishing school, playing in the inaugural Varsity Cup tournament in 2008 – even captaining the Ikeys in a match in George.
“It’s always an emotional affair – when the Monte Taljaard Trophy is up for grabs,” said Ikeys coach Foote. “I think it’s helped motivate the guys at training and I know that none of the guys want to give up that trophy!”
Meanwhile the UCT’s Steinhoff Cobras who were unlucky to lose their Steinhoff Koshuisrugby Championship match against UJ’s Steinhoff Bastion, will be in action at 7pm against NMMU’s Oppidani who lost 37:18 to selfsame Bastion.
The Ikey Tigers match game will be televised live on Supersport at 5pm.
There will be a mega screen set-up outside the UCT rugby pub with drinks and food specials awaiting any Ikeys supporters who want to be part of the unique Green Mile vibe. We are expecting a crowd of several hundred Ikeys backing their team – everyone is invited.
The FNB UCT team: 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Damian de Allende, 13 Tiger Bax, 12 Michael Morris, 11 Mark Winter, 10 Nick Holton, 9 Liam Slatem, 8 Rayn Smid, 7 Zandy Macdonald, 6 Ntsolo Setlaba (captain), 5 Levi Odendaal, 4 Don Armand, 3 Francois van Wyk, 2 Dayne Jans, 1 Wes Chetty.
Replacements: 16 Neil Rautenbach, 17 Adriaan Botha, 18 Brad Bosman, 19 Greg Mallett, 20 Ricky Schroeder, 21 Paul Cohen, 22 Nathan Nel, 23 Digby Webb.