Haw­ies okay with Maties be­ing tar­gets

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE - DUD­LEY CARSTENS

IF the Su­per League A ti­tle race was the WWE Royal Rum­ble, com­men­ta­tor Jerry “The King” Lawler would have gone wild with the late en­try of Maties.

Fly­ing un­der the radar and hav­ing played only five league matches, the stu­dents will fi­nally en­ter the ring to de­fend their ti­tle when they face log lead­ers False Bay in Con­stan­tia to­day.

Their clash at the Phillip Herb­stein Sta­dium could de­cide who will lift the tro­phy at the end of the sea­son.

With both teams still un­beaten, it’s the Bay who have mo­men­tum on their side hav­ing played twice as many games as the men from Stel­len­bosch. They beat Durbell 33-27 last week­end, while Maties have not yet played a club match since the June break.

Still un­beaten un­der coach Haw­ies Fourie in the club com­pe­ti­tion this year, Maties know they have a huge bulls-eye on their back. “Ev­ery team in the WP club com­pe­ti­tion will def­i­nitely be proud of them­selves if they can beat Maties, and that does put a bit of added pres­sure and re­spon­si­bil­ity on us,” Fourie said.

“I’ve been on the other side of the fence be­fore and I know what it means for a club to beat Maties. False Bay are the cur­rent log lead­ers and will def­i­nitely be ti­tle-con­tenders come the end of Au­gust. They have a very strong pack and an out­stand­ing de­fence.

“Teams gen­er­ally lift their in­ten­sity and ef­fort when they face us and we will need to be fo­cused and switched on if we want to beat False Bay in their own back­yard,” he added.

Hav­ing played con­sid­er­ably fewer games less than the Bay, Fourie in­sists that his side won’t be un­der­cooked this week­end. “We played in the USSA tour­na­ment in East Lon­don at the start of the month and lost to Tukkies in the fi­nal,” he said.

“We played three games in five days over there... (and) are about to play nine matches in the next five weeks. It is a tough sched­ule, but we are well­pre­pared.”

And Fourie be­lieves Maties will go from strength to strength. “We haven’t played as well as we wanted to in the club com­pe­ti­tion thus far. We will have to make a step up in our in­ten­sity and ex­e­cu­tion on at­tack,” he said.

“Not get­ting a bonus point in our win against Brack­en­fell might also be cru­cial come the end of the sea­son.”

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