FNB Madibaz rugby coach Andre Tredoux says they are planning a comprehensive review of their season after a challenging return to the top-flight Varsity Cup competition.
Despite ending bottom of the log, Tredoux was pleased with the spirit shown by a young squad throughout the tournament.
“After a year of not playing it was positive to get back onto the field and we would like to thank Varsity Cup for the opportunity,” he said.
“We were in the deep end, but we are proud of the resolve shown by our team.
“Also, we are pleased to have two players [Mihlali Mosi and Luyolo Dapula] sign professional contracts because it shows that our varsity offers a solid platform to get your studies done and potential to become professional players.”
Tredoux added that they had to come to terms with the sharp edge of competition.
“There is no mercy in rugby at this level and we have some hard work ahead of us to be more competitive.
“Rugby is a team game and we showed periods of developing into a good side, while there was consistently outstanding play from players such as Luyolo Dapula, Mihlali Mosi, Arnouw Nel and Tiaan Schutte.”
He said the planning for next year’s competition was already in place.
“We are currently busy with a thorough review of the tournament and after studying all the relevant data we will make precise plans going forward.
“We are excited about quite a few young players who have received exposure at Varsity Cup level.
“I would also like to thank my management for their continued hard work and professionalism. Even though the results didn’t show it, it was a pleasure to work with them all.”