Despite ending on the losing side, the FNB NMMU-Madibaz showed early-season promise in a wet FNB Varsity Cup encounter against the University of Johannesburg last night.
Playing away from home, the Madibaz went down 19-12 in a hard-fought match that remained in the balance until the end.
After the match had been suspended early in the first half due to heavy rain and lightning, the visitors came out in full attack mode but were unable to break through UJ’s defences.
The home side led 6-3 going into the break with just one penalty separating the teams.
“The boys had certainly put their bodies on the line, but we are hurting,” said Madibaz head coach David Maidza.
“It is a bit unfortunate not to have come away with more than just one point. It was a match for the taking.”
Maidza said the team defended valiantly, but were not clinical enough with ball in hand.
“I felt it was a true team effort with everyone putting their hand up, but we could have done better with the possession we had.”
Having lost 42-13 in the corresponding fixture last season, Maidza will be upbeat after a much-improved performance against the Highveld side.
He said that he had identified “a couple of issues” on attack and will focus on these this week.
“It is early in the season and there is still time to improve. We’ve got to fight for it.”
CAPTION: FNB NMMU-Madibaz captain Ivan Ludick in action during their FNB Varsity Cup clash against UJ last night. Photo: Saspa