Madibaz rugby coach Jarryd Buys was delighted with his team’s efforts in getting their FNB Varsity Shield campaign off to a winning start in Port Elizabeth on Monday.
The FNB Nelson Mandela University side defeated Cape Peninsula University of Technology 38-21 at the Madibaz Stadium, scoring four tries to secure a bonus-point win.
Now they must turn their attention to a testing period when they travel to East London for tomorrow’s clash against Walter Sisulu University at the Buffalo City Stadium (7pm).
That will be followed by their second home game on Monday against Grahamstown rivals Rhodes.
“We are obviously delighted to get the five points from the first game,” said Buys.
“There are areas to work on, but the main thing is that we wanted to get the five points.”
He added that their priority in the matches ahead would be to make sure they did not deviate from their game-plan.
“Unfortunately when we conceded tries it was because we were trying to play a different game, which allowed them in.
“That is one of the main things we need to learn from Monday’s game because most of our opponents will try to play a similar pattern, taking quick taps and the like.
“We need to look after our discipline to stop conceding too many penalties, and then we need to react quicker to situations when they attack.”