The FNB Madibaz rugby squad are ready for a tough Varsity Cup challenge when the tournament kicks off early next month, says coach Andre Tredoux.
The Madibaz mentor, along with assistant coaches Lubabalo Lento and Luvuyo Mhlobiso, has been preparing the squad for several months and is pleased with what he has seen.
“The guys have responded well and I can see everyone is excited to be training and they are enjoying what they do,” said Tredoux.
“As a team we want to establish Madibaz as a Varsity Cup brand of the future and our expectations are to be competitive in every game.
“We know it will be a tough challenge, but we will focus on sticking to our processes as we aim to make the university proud.”
Lento and Mhlobiso have played important roles in the players’ preparations.
Lento pays attention to the scrum, team skills and defence, while backline coach Mhlobiso focuses on, among other things, strike moves and counter-attacks, game-specific planning and decision-making.
“Of course, it’s a team effort so I work hand-in-hand with the other coaches and we share all the responsibilities,” said Lento.
“We’ve sat down as a coaching staff and set our team’s goal to finish in the top six.
“Seeing the players working hard and wanting it so much, it makes you realise that we have something special and we want to create good memories.”
Mhlobiso said the response from the team had pleased him the most.
“The way we have just come together and the buy-in from the players for what we want to achieve has been phenomenal,” he said.
“As a collective, we are going to embrace any challenge in our path and we are looking forward to the opportunity to show what we can do.”