UCT-Ikeys gear up to shock Maties

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:10
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VARSITY CUP REACTION: Despite a defeat at the hands of reigning champs NWU-Pukke, the UCT-Ikey Tigers are eager to produce yet another upset against Maties in this unpredictable tournament. 

UCT-Ikey Tigers have become known for their last minute try-scoring ability and Monday proved no different. A late try by UCT-Ikey Tigers' Gary Porter handed them the flattering scoreline of 15-20 and a losing bonus-point.

For some, a losing bonus-point would be more than enough in Potchefstroom, contrary UCT's head coach Christiaan Esterhuizen feels his side had enough chances to have sealed a victory.

"It is good to get away from Potchefstroom with a losing bonus-point, however, everyone in the team felt like we should have won that game.

"We had at least two ample opportunities where we could have won it, unfortunately, the ball was held up on the line and in the second incident, we had a knock on.

"Other than that I am proud. The guys played well and played with a lot of character. Pukke came out with full intent and dominated much of the proceedings, but, we as a team decided we have to be better and try to get points on the board first before we try to get a win.

"Like the late try against Pukke was just build-up pressure and I think it has become a clear UCT’s trademark to never give up and never stop playing. We surprised Pukke to an extent" Esterhuizen told rugby365.com.

UCT-Ikey Tigers have won two and lost two thus far in the season, their most noticeable result was a 22-7 win against Shimlas in Bloemfontein. Thus heading into the match against table-topping Maties on Monday, February 27 at the Green Mile, the UCT mentor is fully aware what to expect from his neighbours.

"The plan against Maties is simple.

"Maties have a tendency to prey on other's mistakes, thus if you limit your errors you give yourself a chance to win.

"I know we heading into Round five as the underdog and Maties are one of the inform sides, however, there is definite a belief in the camp that we can produce yet another surprise," he added.

By Leezil Hendricks
@Leezil07
@Rugby365.com

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Pool CUP
Team P W D L Pts
UP-Tuks 8 7 0 1 34
Maties 8 7 0 1 34
UJ 8 5 0 3 25
Shimlas 8 5 0 3 23
Wits 8 4 0 4 21
NWU-Pukke 8 4 0 4 19
NMMU-Madibaz 8 2 0 6 11
UCT-Ikeys 8 2 0 6 9
CUT-Ixias 8 0 0 8 3
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Team P W D L Pts
UWC 6 5 0 1 27
Fort Hare 6 4 0 2 20
UKZN-Impi 6 4 0 2 20
WSU 6 3 0 3 14
CPUT 6 2 0 4 10
TUT 6 2 0 4 9
Rhodes 6 1 0 5 6