A youthful FNB Ikey Tigers team pulled off a convincing 38-8 win against Primrose on Wednesday evening, scoring four tries in the first half to ensure that they came away with the points. Looking to the future, fans can rest easy knowing that the future of the Ikeys rests on the shoulders of these young players.
Coach Esterhuizen expressed his delight with the result, as the inexperience of the squad didn’t hold them back in the slightest bit. “I’m really pleased with the game. It was the youngest Ikeys team to ever take the field, we had something like seven new caps on Wednesday,” he said.
“We performed really well in the first half. The boys executed the game plan perfectly, and we ended up scoring four tries in the first half alone. That’s where we really won the match,” explained Esterhuizen when reflecting on the game.
“We expected Primrose to come back stronger in the second half, and they did: they had more of the ball and they managed to run at us more often, but we had already sealed the victory by then,” he added.
“It’s a tough league, and we’ve had a tough draw with our first two matches. But despite everything, the team’s progress is heading in the right direction, they’re doing the things we’re teaching them well. They’re still young and learning,” Esterhuizen said.
The team was scheduled to play Tygerberg this weekend, but due to the Vasity Sports 7s competition, the game has been postponed to the 18th of May. This means that the next game the FNB Ikey Tigers will play is away to Maties on the 7th of May. “The intervarsity match is massive. We’ll have a good build up to the match, and by then I’m hoping to have three or four injured players back so we’ll be ready for it,” concluded Esterhuizen.
The FNB Ikey Tigers will be competing in the Varsity Sports 7s competition from the 30th of April to the 2nd of May at Villagers Rugby Club. Tickets are available via the Varsity Sports Mobile App.