After narrowly missing out on victory against arch rivals Maties last Saturday, the FNB Ikey Tigers will be buoyed by their much improved performance and will no doubt be looking for a better result against SK Walmers.
“The result was heart breaking. We were leading up until the seventy fifth minute, but I’m very proud of the boys. We went into the match as underdogs and very nearly caused the upset,” said Esterhuizen.
“The players executed our plan perfectly and showed a tremendous fighting spirit. We knew what they were coming at us with from our previous encounter, so our defence did really well too. It took them nineteen phases to score their first try against us, and in the Varsity Cup it took them on average about six phases to score against every team,” he further explained.
As is the nature of the game, there’s no time to dwell on what could have been. Next up on the list is a physical game against SK Walmers. “SK Walmers are a very physical team. They like to slow down the game and I’m expecting a lot of niggling incidents,” said Esterhuizen.
“The team is pretty much the same as the one that took on Maties, but we’re missing two senior players in Jade Kriel and Cullon Callopy, so it will be a young team taking the field. We know it can be a bit intimidating playing at Green Point: Walmers usually get good support so it will once again be a good test for the younger guys,” Esterhuizen said.
“I watched them play against False Bay, and they almost won. I saw a lot of stuff happening off the ball, so the key for us is to stick to our structure and not get too loose during the game,” concluded Esterhuizen.
The FNB Ikey Tigers are set to take on SK Walmers on Saturday, the 14th of May at 16:00 at the Green Point Track.