Despite a loss in their opening match on Monday, FNB Madibaz rugby coach David Maidza said he remained positive about the team’s Varsity Cup challenge.
The Nelson Mandela University side went down 27-17 to University of Cape Town and will be looking to bounce back when they play Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein next Monday.
“I am confident there will be an improvement,” said Maidza. “This was our first game, so a little bit of match fitness is required, but we will pick that up as we go along.”
One area they will be focusing is greater concentration on attack.
“I thought we were effective with the ball in hand, especially in the outer channels, but at the same time we did not finish off,” said the coach.
“We need to make sure we get our attacking shape right and concentrate on finishing off those moves.
“On Monday, we had to move a loosehead prop to tighthead so we struggled a bit in the scrums and that is something we’ll be focusing on.”
He added that they would also work on their lineouts to create stable set-pieces.
While CUT are struggling somewhat after losing their first two games, the Madibaz mentor said they preferred to focus on their own play.
“We have to understand that we need to fix our own game,” he said. “If we start concentrating on CUT we might lose our own focus.”
Despite it being early days in the competition, Maidza said he thought Stellenbosch could be the team to beat.
“Maties have a good side and they have started very well. But there’s a long way to go and all the coaches will be focusing on kicking into gear in the next few weeks.”