Picture: ISTOCK
Picture: ISTOCK

The Ikey Tigers look set to be tamed by Tuks.

The former two-time champions clash in a Varsity Cup fixture in Pretoria on Monday (7pm kick-off, live on SuperSport).

They last met in 2016 when Tuks romped to a 100-25 victory over the Cape side, becoming the first team in the competition’s history to reach three figures. They matched that total a couple of weeks ago in Bloemfontein where they put 14 tries past winless CUT to win 100-0.

And last Monday, during round seven of nine, second-placed Tuks caned 2015 champions Shimlas 65-19 on their home field at Free State Stadium. Their five-point haul took their total log points to 24 and moved the former two-time champs to the summit ahead of three-time winners Maties (24).

"We’re doing good things late in the competition and we are aiming to end the round-robin stage in top place, which will secure us a home semifinal and home final if we win that one," said Tuks coach Pote Human.

"Beating Shimmies so convincingly on their home field showed how far we have come with our way of playing. Both forwards and backs are performing their primary functions well and gelling as well.

"It has been a team effort week in and week out. Now we meet UCT, who we will not be underestimating despite their recent run of poor form.

"They’re a side that enjoys opening up the contest and we need to be on guard to ensure we keep them on the back foot. We will be after maximum points to keep our noses in front of Maties down the home straight," he said.

It has been far from satisfactory for UCT under new head coach Christiaan Esterhuizen.

While the Cape Town students have bagged two wins from six outings, the team members are playing as individuals in that they are running away from the support players, while tactics at times have left a lot to be desired.

The two sides have met 10 times since the inception of the competition in 2008 and share five wins apiece.

Maties should bag maximum points when they visit bottom-placed CUT (6.30pm).

The home side has struggled to compete at this level and a minus-214-point differential from six games does not augur well for their chances of making a first of it against the maroon machine chasing Tuks all the way to pole position.

Today’s other fixtures (home teams first): Shimlas vs NMMU Madibas; UJ vs Wits (4.45pm kickoff, live on SuperSport)

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