FNB Madibaz rugby coach Jarryd Buys said their break in the FNB Varsity Shield could not have come at a better time after four wins on the trot.
The Nelson Mandela University team top the log in the competition, but played four games in two weeks which left them edging towards fatigue in last Monday’s encounter with University of KwaZulu-Natal.
The team will resume their campaign when they host Tshwane University of Technology at the Madibaz Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Monday at 6.30pm.
“You could see in the game against UKZN last week that the guys were getting tired in the last 15 to 20 minutes,” said Buys.
“So we gave them a few days off to let the bodies recover.
“But we have got straight back into it this week and have had a normal full week’s preparation.”
He emphasised they would continue to focus on the strategy which had got them this far. They top the log on 20 points after five rounds.
Even with their next two opponents – TUT and Fort Hare – in the bottom half of the log, he said they would not lose sight of the processes they had in place.
“At this stage of the season there is no trophy in front of us,” said Buys.
“Whether the teams we face are sixth on the log or first, we need to make sure the momentum is still there leading into the semifinals.
“After a hectic start (with three matches in eight days), this part of the competition is on a week-to-week basis, like any other normal rugby season.
“We need to use this time to build momentum and to make sure the guys continue to work together.”