FNB UJ ground out a hard-fought victory against the NMMU-Madibaz in the first round of the FNB Varsity Cup in Johannesburg on Monday.
“Even though the opposition defended well, we held on and fought to get a result,” said UJ coach Werner Janse van Rensburg.
He said the rain certainly had a massive influence on the match.
“The conditions made it challenging in terms of our original strategy, but, ultimately, I am pleased with the win.
“The suspension because of the rain was obviously something that we are not used to, but I thought we attacked quite well in general.”
Following a successful pre-season training programme, he said the squad showed a lot of character this early in the tournament.
“Our kicking game was good and the win was a great team effort.
“Going forward, we would like to get more reward for our attacks. We need to keep possession a bit longer.”
UJ will have all to play for when they take on last year’s losing finalists, NWU-Pukke, in the second round.
“It will be a big day for us, but we’ve beaten them before,” said Janse van Rensburg.