Captain Luyolo Dapula says that managing the players during a compact Varsity Cup rugby tournament will be crucial to their chances of success this year.
The FNB Madibaz outfit return to the top flight after two years in the Varsity Shield when they meet North-West University in their opening match on April 5.
Due to Covid-19 regulations, the fixtures will be played in three blocks of three matches, with each block spread over seven to nine days.
“We know it will be difficult but, like all teams, it will be a case of managing our key players during the course of the competition,” said Dapula, a second-year BA student who can operate as a lock or loose forward.
He added that new coach André Tredoux had made things easier for them while they could not practise as a unit due to Covid-19 regulations.
“You can see that he and his coaching staff have a plan and the players all have smiles on their faces during training, so the spirit is good and preparations are going well.
“We are fighting for a top-six spot but it wouldn’t be a surprise if the boys surpassed this expectation.”
After months of fine-tuning their gameplans, Tredoux said the players were eager to get onto the field.
“The boys have worked hard in difficult times and they have grown close as a team,” he said.
“We respect North-West Eagles’ proud history in the Varsity Cup and know that they will provide a tough challenge.”
The Madibaz fixtures are:
April 5, 3pm: v North-West Eagles; April 8, 3pm: v CUT; April 11, 3pm: v UWC
April 22, 5pm: v University of Johannesburg; April 27, 5pm: v Wits; April 30, 7pm: v Free State University
May 10, 5pm: v Stellenbosch; May 13: v UP-Tuks; May 16: v UCT