The FNB Madibaz rugby team will be focusing on their own challenges as they strive to improve their play against Central University of Technology (CUT) in Bloemfontein on Monday.
This week Madibaz went down 27-17 in their opening Varsity Cup match against University of Cape Town in Port Elizabeth and coach David Maidza said they were working to fix anything that went wrong.
“We don’t want to focus too much on CUT, but rather we want to concentrate on what we need to put right for Monday’s game,” he said.
“If we start concentrating on CUT we might lose our own focus, so that is our approach going forward.”
Despite CUT’s two losses so far, he acknowledged that the Bloem side were an outfit capable of bouncing back.
He said one of their main problems against UCT was a lack of finishing.
“I thought we were effective with the ball in hand, but at the same time we did not finish off,” said the coach.
“For example, in the first half we had a number of opportunities to score, but we did not use them properly.”
He said they would also be looking to stabilise their set-pieces to create a platform from which to attack.
Maidza is positive about the path ahead.
“I am confident there will be an improvement. This was our first game, so a little bit of match fitness is required, but we will pick that up as we go along.”