|The Ikey Tigers will host NWU-Pukke in the Varsity Cup semi-finals at 14h30 at UCT next Monday
They might still be regarded by some as the 'poor' cousins of the FNB Varsity Cup, but the table-topping Ikey Tigers are determined to bury that unfair tag when they host NWU-Pukke in the Varsity Cup semi-finals at 14h30 next Monday.
The Ikeys clinched top spot in the Varsity Cup standings on Saturday, but they ended their league campaign with a superb 28-14 win over Shimlas on Easter Monday, as head coach John Dobson gave a few fringe players a run.
Regular skipper JJ Gagiano led the team, scoring one of UCT's four tries on the day, but Dobson was pleased to see the likes of Wes Chetty, Don Armand, Monty Taljaard, Kyle Wickens and Justin Bijl grab their opportunities against the Free Staters.
"We have real depth at the club, but, most importantly, the guys were very determined to go out there and end the weekend on a high," said Dobson.
Pukke, under the coaching of former Scotland international Matthew Proudfoot, are the only side to have beaten UCT this season and the men in Blue and White are fully aware of that.
Dobson added: "We are aware of Pukke's strengths, but we are a different side to the one that went down to them in that opening match."
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