The Varsity Cup organisers are set to make a decision regarding their tournaments once the national lockdown has ended which will affect the future of Madibaz rugby.
The postponement of the Varsity Shield due to the coronavirus saw the Nelson Mandela University side halted in mid-stride last month after they had registered three wins in four matches this year.
Despite losing to Walter Sisulu University in February, Madibaz were in a strong position as they had an accumulated overall total of 46 points, six ahead of second-placed Cape Peninsula University of Technology, with a match in hand over the Cape side.
Even if CPUT had won their final match with a bonus point [5 points], and Madibaz had lost their last two, it would have given the Western Cape side 45 points, still a point behind their Port Elizabeth rivals on the final combined log.
The team which tops the overall log from the 2019 and 2020 seasons will gain promotion to the top-flight Varsity Cup next year.
However, Madibaz Sport rugby manager Ntsikelelo Ngcakana said they were not taking anything for granted.
“The current situation is something that we have to treat with sensitivity and we fully support the direction taken by Varsity Cup,” he said. “They will give us the green light once things settle down.
In respect of the players, Ngcakana felt they could use the break to their advantage.
“In one way, it could actually be a blessing in disguise as it will allow the players to catch up with their academic commitments,” he said.
“Our message to the players is to stay fit, use the time wisely to focus on your studies, enjoy the time with your families and keep safe.”