Ikey Tigers coach Kevin Foote has named and unchanged lineup ahead of the his team’s do or die home game against NWU Pukke, following the shock defeat to NMMU last week.
On Monday the Ikey Tigers semi final fate will pretty much be decided, it is a turning point and could still be another remarkable Ikeys come back story or it could turn into a struggle for survival with pending relegation matches. Traditionally UCT teams have often played the most exciting rugby when they were declared beaten and finished, so we may be in for a much improved performance by the champions in front of their home crowd.
Ironically in 2011 it was the previous year’s champions Maties who missed out on a semi final spot and had a forgetfull season, following their three year dominance of the Tournament.
Meanwhile, the UCT team have put a lot of emphasis on working on their discipline, having been penalised 19 times in last week’s match which they lost in the last second 21:23. Pukke have just come off a big win against whipping boys TUT and, currently in 4th spot will be confident to inflict a fatal blow to the Ikeys season.
The Tigers of course will be delighted to be back on their beloved Green Mile with the staunch Blue and White Ikeys support and the familiar breeze behind them after their touch away campaign which saw them travel to Johannesburg, Pretoria and PE.
Monday’s matches get kicked off by the Steinhoff Cobras taking on Steinhoff Patria from the Pukke at 3pm. The Ikey Tigers match will start at 5pm and is televised on Supersport 1.
UCT: 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.