Boosted by an opening win against UCT, FNB NMMU-Madibaz coach David Maidza knows they must keep their feet on the ground when they take on NWU-Pukke in the FNB Varsity Cup in Potchefstroom on Monday.
After a slow start, the Madibaz showed good form as they stormed to a 36-8 result over the Cape Town side, earning a bonus point to move to the top of the log.
Defending champions Pukke also won their first match, but were pushed all the way by the University of Johannesburg before sealing a 16-12 result.
Maidza said he knew the experienced Pukke squad would be a handful as they were a side with few weaknesses.
“We have to be smart about how we approach them as we know they are a side who do not rely only on one way of playing,” the Madibaz mentor said.
“This will be a good measure for us after our win against UCT.”
He added that it was important to play to their strengths and to keep the errors to a minimum against the highly rated Pukke team.
The coach said they wanted to build on the opening win against Ikeys after a somewhat tentative start.
“I felt we had a slow start to the game where we were evolving with the game, instead of us stamping our authority on it.
“After the strategy break we began to take control of the game.”
Skipper Kevin Kaba, who scored a try, emphasised his leadership abilities by being named the Player That Rocks, while his deputy and centre Andile Jho crossed for two tries.
Further tries came from wing Jixie Molapo and scrumhalf Lovu Claassen, while flyhalf Simon Bolze kicked three conversions and a penalty.
Maidza said it was a solid squad effort, although they still had a number of aspects on which to work.
“But it is pleasing to see that these young men are willing to keep working to improve, not only themselves, but the team as a whole.”