Pressure mounts on title holders



July 28, 2016
Pressure mounts on title holders

HUNTING MATIES: Tygerbergs Stewart Jacobs. CREDIT: Noor Slamdien

After Bay defeat, it’s Maties v Tiere

Interesting piece I read the other day on the Stellenbosch University rugby team website.

I never knew why they’re called Maties, but according to the history bit on the website, the name is derived from the word tamaties  –  apparently because of the colour of their jerseys.

The university’s boys were reduced to vrot tamaties when they lost to False Bay 32-17 in a clash of the unbeaten teams last weekend.

And now, Tygerberg will be looking to make tomato paste of the defending champions when the two teams clash at Florida Park this weekend.

Traditionally one of the big games on the season calendar, it could be no truer this season.

For a number of years now the Tiere have not had the same bite they used to have.

But under coach Ricky Petersen, they have regained some respect in the league again and currently second on the log to False Bay, there is no doubt that the Tiere will be turbocharged for this game in their own backyard.

Spare a thought for Maties also.

Having played only six matches before yesterday, coach Hawies Fourie’s men are in the middle of a hectic schedule.

Last night they hosted NNK, who are in their best from of the season to date having won back-to-back games.

On Saturday it’s the Tiere and then next Wednesday they cross swords with Durbell.

It’s definitely a tough ask for the defending champions.

And a single defeat to either one of these teams might see them lose their grip on the title.

In other action this weekend, Chester Williams’ UWC will go head to head with Kuils River in a match that might go a long way in determining the outcome of the relegation scrap.

Hamiltons travel across the road to SK Walmers in what is sure to be a mouthwatering derby, while the impressive Brackenfell head to the Phillip Herbstein Stadium where they will face log leaders False Bay.

Having won promotion from the Super League B last season, Brackenfell have had a dream season to date and currently find themselves in fifth place on the log.

Beating Mustaqeem Jappie and his teammates on their own turf will be tough, but other league title contenders will be hoping that Brakkies can spring a big surprise.

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