New Madibaz rugby coach Jarryd Buys is ready to take on the challenge of competing in the Varsity Shield competition when their programme gets under way next month.
Buys, a former provincial player, remains positive about the path which lies ahead.
“The relegation to the Shield was a big shock for a team that competed in semifinals not that long ago and we are certainly not taking the change lightly,” he said.
He added that the critical element in their approach would be to ensure they maintained the high standards set at Madibaz rugby.
“We are a team who will compete in the Shield, but we will train and play as if we are competing in the playoffs of the Varsity Cup.”
Buys said they had placed a massive emphasis on adopting the right frame of mind by not agonising over their situation.
“Eastern Cape sport sometimes carries the baggage of being underdogs and it is something that needs to change,” he said.
“It is easy to talk about finances and what other teams are doing, but our main focus is having the right mentality to win rugby games on a regular basis.
“As long as we, as the management team, can take care of the off-field work, the guys will produce the goods on the field. This Madibaz rugby team wants to win!”