The FNB Ikey Tigers comfortably avoided relegation, beating FNB UWC 40-5 on Monday afternoon to retain their spot in the 2017 season of the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International.
“The biggest difference between this game and the others is that the boys were more accurate, they got the points when they were in the opponent’s 22,” said Guy Alexander, who had to watch the match from the side lines due to a concussion.
“There was a lot more communication as well. Everyone was shouting down the line when we were defending, you could even hear it all the way from the touchline,” added the captain. The FNB Ikey Tigers scored 23 points in 12 minutes, showing their determination to ensure that they remained in the FNB Varsity Cup.
The win came as a huge relief to the players and supporters, with the former having the platform to stage a comeback next season and the latter breathing easy as their team ended a run of seven winless games.
“It’s a big relief. Those are the best words I could use to describe it. We were playing for survival, but we were the favourites to win so we had everything to lose. I’m glad the younger guys will have the opportunity to play Varsity Cup rugby next season as well,” said Alexander.
But there’s no time to slack for the FNB Ikey Tigers, with their domestic league soon approaching and games against the likes of FNB Maties and False Bay on the horizon. “We’re excited for the league to start. We’ve got some old heads coming back into the team, so we’ll have some added experience in the squad,” said Alexander.
“I’d like to say a massive thank you to the Ikeys family. We’ve endured a tough season but the UCT family stayed loyal and the team has been thankful for the constant support we’ve received. I hope that 2017 brings them the victories they deserve to see,” concluded Alexander.
By Wessley Thring.