The FNB Madibaz players are aiming to take their performances to a higher level when they compete in the Varsity Sevens tournament in Durban from Friday to Sunday.
After finishing third in the University Sport South Africa tournament in September, the Nelson Mandela University team are now looking to go one better in Durban.
Coach Beän van Eeden said the Madibaz had targeted a spot in, at least, the semifinals after a good build-up to the annual event.
“We have a number of young players in our squad and they are really keen to do well,” he said.
“Even during exams, you could sense their commitment in attending practices, creating a strong bond in the squad.”
The coach said their preparations had been far better than previous years.
“This year we gave the guys a bit of a breather after the September tournament, but we have been preparing for seven weeks since then.”
He added that a local tournament involving other Nelson Mandela Bay clubs over the past two weekends could prove crucial to their title chances.
“There is real value in playing proper sevens matches, rather than the simulated conditions during training.
“This tournament was perfect for exposing the players to game situations.”
Madibaz squad: Ettiene Cilliers, Nathan Kemp, Tristan Fourie, Nathan Gogela, Bryce Rennie, Liam Blake-Taylor, Yavela Sigenu, Simon Bolze, Michael Botha, Lindelwe Zungu, Spu Masutwana, Josiah Twum-Boafo, Dean January, Justin Hollis and Luvo Claassen.