After a disappointing result against FNB Madibaz earlier this week, the FNB Ikey Tigers are ready to go again as they prepare to host FNB CUT on Monday afternoon for the second round of the 2017 FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International.
“We dominated for about sixty of the eighty minutes and had the majority of possession, but we just couldn’t finish. At this level, we know we have to be perfect for the full eighty minutes and not just sixty,” said coach Esterhuizen while reflecting on the game against FNB Madibaz.
While the statistics show that the FNB Ikey Tigers tackled hard and often, and that only a fraction of those tackles were missed as they fought for every ball, there were a few key moments that cost them. “We were disappointed after Monday, but we decided to stay positive and use it as an opportunity to learn from our mistakes,” coach Esterhuizen said.
The team will undoubtedly be buoyed by the fact that Mondays game against FNB CUT will be played at the Green Mile, giving the new additions to the team their first chance to experience a game on the notoriously winds fields of UCT. Adding to this is the fact that some of the FNB Ikey Tigers most successful seasons in the Varsity Cup have included defeat at some point, and having only one round of fixtures behind them, there is still a long way left to go.
“On Monday, I’m looking for that full eighty-minute performance. There were about seven minutes of a lack of concentration that cost us last Monday, and about five minutes that cost us against Maties in preseason as well, so I’m looking for a full eighty minutes of concentration,” Esterhuizen stated.
The FNB Ikey Tigers will line up as follows: 1 Wayrin Losper, 2 Cuan Hablutzel, 3 Michael Kumbirai, 4 Nama Xaba, 5 Duncan Saffy, 6 Jason Klaasen (C), 7 Luke Stringer, 8 Nyasha Tarusenga, 9 Stef de Gouveia, 10 Jez Mcintyre, 11 Joel Smith, 12 Rico Lategan, 13 Tristan Mouton, 14 Rayno Mapoe, 15 Lohan Lubbe
Substitutions: 16 William Day, 17 Marty Chandler, 18 Lee-Marvin Mazebuko, 19 Alva Sendreyani, 20 Sanele Malwane, 21 Rob Anderson, 22 Liam Furniss, 23 Hilio de Abreu
By Wessley Thring