FNB Madibaz rugby captain Riaan Esterhuizen has called for greater control of possession after his team suffered their third loss in a row in the Varsity Cup this week.
The Nelson Mandela University outfit were on the wrong end of another close result when they went down 32-29 to Wits at Madibaz Stadium.
Now Esterhuizen wants more steady heads making the right decisions when they are on the attack.
“We are getting to the stage where 50-50 passes are being made when we are trying to spread the ball wide,” the midfielder said.
“That often ends up in us losing the ball too easily, so we just need to look after our possession a bit better.
“There were a couple of times against Wits last night [Monday] when, if we had just held onto the ball for a few more phases, we would have been in a good position to score.”
Despite their record this season, Esterhuizen said they would continue to work hard in seeking their first win.
“We did target wins in our opening games, but even after last night’s result the mood in our squad is positive and the culture of never giving up is still there,” said the midfielder.
He felt the competition remained one where any team could win on any given day.
“Often it’s about the bounce of the ball and any team can rock up and have a massive performance.
“We are looking forward to having the backing of our home fans on Monday.”