Chinese astrology tells us 2016 is the year of the monkey – whatever that means.
It also tells us that 2022 will be the year of the tiger.
Incidentally, 1998 was also the year of the tiger and so was 2010.
Those who can remember that far back will recall that it was Tygerberg’s Tiere that stunned the Cape rugby scene when they won the Western Province Super League A title in 1998 – ’n volle 18 jaar gelede.
That was so long ago that if the Tiere had a cub back then, it would have matriculated this year.
That’s how long the enthusiastic supporters at Florida Park have waited for their team to bring back the trophy to Ravensmead. But can they do it in 2016?
The odds are heavily stacked against them, but Leicester City have proven in the English Premier League that odds mean nothing.
So far this season, coach Ricky Petersen’s side has shown they’ve got the bite once again and should be seen as a serious threat to Maties’ title, having won all five of their matches to date.
It’s at the Philip Herbstein Stadium on Saturday, though, where their championship credentials will be put to the ultimate test when they face False Bay, unbeaten in six, in a top-of-the-table clash.
The fixtures schedule, though, did not make provision for the Tiere being an actually title contender, as they also played the struggling key Tigers at the University of Cape Town last night.
This match will no doubt test the depth at Tygerberg as there are bound to be some changes in the squad if you play two matches in the space of four days.
But that’s perhaps the result of the Varsity tournaments eating into the league season – a story for another day.
Before last night’s match, the Tiere, False Bay, Maties, Hamiltons and Durbell were the only unbeaten teams left in the tournament.
And while this will no doubt change this weekend, Maties can rest easily knowing that they will still be unbeaten this time next week as they have a bye weekend.
Durbell, meanwhile, will have to pull out all the stops if they want to hold on to their status quo when they travel to Green Point to face an |on-the-up SK Walmers side.
As one of only two teams that have not tasted success in the SLA this year, Parow NNK will look to change their situation when they travel to Primrose this weekend.
But it’s the derby between the other newcomers to the league – Kuilsrivier and Brackenfell – in Kuilsrivier that should make for some interesting viewing.
On home turf against their neighbours, you can be sure Earl Johnson and his Kuila brasse will be going all out for the win.