FNB Madibaz rugby player Johan Lombard says the team are bracing themselves for a tough test against Cape Peninsula University of Technology in the Varsity Shield in Cape Town tomorrow.
There is a bit of history between the two sides because the Nelson Mandela University outfit defeated CPUT in the round-robin phase last season, but lost out to them in the tournament final.
Lombard, who plays centre and was the Player that Rocks against Rhodes last week, said the team had confidence in their ability to do well.
“I believe we can pull this game [against CPUT] off, but we will have to maintain our concentration for the full 80 minutes.”
The third-year agricultural management student was happy with his efforts last week when scored two tries and kicked three conversions in the 50-0 victory.
“Yes, that was very nice,” he said. “I think it was a good overall team performance that led to the final result.
“It was a matter of sticking to our structures and I just focused on what was expected from me in an individual capacity.”
The 2020 tournament is shaping up as a critical one for Madibaz rugby as they seek to return to the top-flight Varsity Cup competition next year.
The team with the most log points over the 2019 and 2020 tournaments will earn promotion.
Madibaz’ unbeaten run last year saw them finish on 30 points, five ahead of CPUT. At this stage they are still on top of the overall log.
The latest standings are (2019 and 2020): Madibaz 41 (9), CPUT 34 (9), WSU 30 (9), UKZN 17 (8), Fort Hare 14 (8), TUT 9 (8), Rhodes 5 (9).