The Nelson Mandela University team open their campaign against University of Cape Town in Port Elizabeth on February 5 and are keen to gain further knowledge about the latest innovation before the competition starts.
The FNB Varsity Cup organisers have introduced a power play rule, allowing the team calling the power play to remove any two nominated backline players from the opposition side for three minutes.
A team can only call a power play while they are in their own half of the field. It must be called by the captain, and can be done only once.
If the team whose players have been removed score a try during the power play period, it will be worth seven points instead of five.
Following the encounter with Mates, Madibaz coach David Maidza said they had gained some useful insight.
“Testing the rule against Maties, we did find it challenging but we saw what we had to improve on.”
The Madibaz mentor said it was a fairly difficult concept to grasp as they normally planned their strategy for situations when all the players were on the field.
“But the rule is there for 2018 and we have to work out a strategy to handle it in the best way to ensure it does not leave the team in disarray.”
Since the practice with Maties they had worked out in which areas they needed to improve as they continued their Varsity Cup preparations, Maidza said.
“I feel we did well in the areas that we worked on for the friendly and it is now time to start putting the full structure in place for the next warm-up matches.”