FNB Madibaz rugby coach Andre Tredoux has praised the team for their fighting spirit during a tough Varsity Cup schedule.
The Nelson Mandela University side enter their last week of the competition when they meet Stellenbosch on Monday, followed by clashes with UP-Tuks and UCT.
The annual student tournament was postponed for a week due to Covid-19 concerns, but now Madibaz are gearing up for the final challenge.
They are playing in the top flight of the Varsity Cup for the first time since 2018 and Tredoux said they could not fault the efforts of the players.
“They have never given up and that can be seen in the fact that we have picked up the most bonus points in the competition,” he said.
The team came within a whisker of recording their first win in their most recent game, losing to Free State University 24-20 following a try by their opponents after the final hooter had sounded.
Tredoux said the match was typical of the courage the Madibaz players had shown.
“Shimlas was a game we targeted and the boys were in it to the end. Our defence was immense against them and we even outscored them three tries to two.
“We just have to keep improving on our systems and play for each other. I know the boys will give everything in the last three games.”
Next week’s fixtures are: May 17: Madibaz v Stellenbosch (2pm), May 20: Madibaz v UP-Tuks (tbc); May 23: Madibaz v UCT (tbc).