Although they are near the bottom of the log after four defeats, FNB Madibaz Rugby Club’s Theresa le Roux says they will not give up the fight to improve their position in the Varsity Cup tournament.
The latest setback came at the hands of NWU-Pukke at Madibaz Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Monday when they went down 37-5.
Hampered by a string of injuries to senior players, Le Roux said the squad remained in a positive mood as they sought that elusive win.
“I believe if we can get a win and at least two bonus points from our last four matches, we will be safe from relegation.”
“With several of our senior players out, the youngsters have had to stand up and that is not an easy task in a tournament of this nature,” said Le Roux.
“But I know the team will not give up and will continue to work hard.”
The Madibaz manager said there was still excellent backing from Nelson Mandela University fans for the team.
“The students have been showing great support and they were there again on Monday,” she said.
The Varsity Cup was important as a showcase for young players, but Le Roux said they also urged the students not to neglect their studies.
“Our focus at Mandela University is firstly on the academic side of the student-athlete, then secondly the sporting part. So for us the balance between studies and rugby is of utmost importance.”