FNB Madibaz coach Andre Tredoux knows the Madibaz squad face another stiff test of their credentials when the Varsity Cup rugby tournament resumes this week.
The Nelson Mandela University outfit will play in the second block of fixtures, starting against University of Johannesburg on Thursday.
Tredoux was impressed with the character shown by the squad in the opening matches this month but added there would be no easy games in the competition.
“Our first game is against University of Johannesburg and they have a strong pack and a physical game,” he said. “They have not had good results, but have some dangerous players.
“Wits are a really good team, which is not reflected in their results from the first block [where they lost all three games]. They play with more flair than some of the other teams.
“Then we have Shimlas, who are a young team and have a lot of speed.”
Tredoux admitted that Madibaz needed to reduce the number of mistakes.
“The boys played with a lot of heart and courage and they really rallied well in some of the games to pick up three log points.
“I think the main thing for us is to improve our concentration, as well as our set piece and defence, and to be able to play at full speed for the 80 minutes.
“We have worked hard on our defence and the speed at which we do things, and we also focused on being more accurate in attack and on defence.”
Madibaz’s next fixtures: UJ (April 22, 5pm), Wits (April 27, 5pm) and Shimlas (April 30, 4pm).
Latest log: Central University of Technology, UP-Tuks and UCT 14, Stellenbosch and NWU Eagles 10, UWC 8, Free State 4, Madibaz 3, UJ 2, Wits 1.