FNB NMMU-Madibaz skipper Kevin Kaba says they will be aiming to put into practice some invaluable lessons they have learnt this season when they face Stellenbosch in their FNB Varsity Cup rugby match on Monday.
The eighth man, who was the Player That Rocks in their opening win over UCT, said they had realised how important it was to do the basics properly.
“The main lesson we have learnt is how big a difference the so-called small things can make on the field.
“For example, guys sticking to their roles on attack and being disciplined on defence are the sorts of things we realise we have to execute more effectively.
“We knew how tough the competition would be before we started, but we just have to stick to our plans and work from there.”
The Madibaz have lost their last two fixtures against NWU-Pukke and UP-Tuks, but Kaba says the spirits in the squad are still high.
“It’s been tough going down in the previous two games,” said Kaba as he looked back on their season so far.
“But the team realise that this is part of the game and we need to get ourselves back to the level we know we’re capable of playing at.”
Despite the losses Kaba praised the team’s approach.
“The guys’ commitment and an attitude of always playing to the final whistle have been big positives and something that can’t really be coached.”
Kaba said a number of players had stood out so far, but he stressed that their main focus was to deliver consistently good team performances.
After losing to Tuks, Stellenbosch have impressed with wins over Free State and Pukke to lie second on the log after three rounds.
“Maties are a team who can vary their play at different stages of the game,” said the Madibaz skipper. “But we also cannot afford to let them do all the playing, so will focus on our strengths.”
Madibaz squad: 15 Lindelwe Zungu, 14 Athi Mayinje, 13 Siphumelele Msutwana, 12 Andile Jho (vice-capt), 11 Ivan-John du Preez, 10 Thomas Kean, 9 Rouche Nel, 8 Kevin Kaba (capt), 7 Henry Brown, 6 SF Nieuwoudt, 5 Gerrit Huisamen, 4 Wynand Grassman, 3 Nicolaas Oosthuizen, 2 JP Jamieson, 1 Xandre Vos. Replacements: Jedwyn Harty, Thembelihle Yase, Nicolas Roebeck, Janse Roux, Robert Izaks, Luvo Claassen, Jordan Koekemoer, Jixie Molapo.
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