The FNB Madibaz rugby team are ready for one of their biggest tests of the season when they play Walter Sisulu University in the Varsity Shield in Port Elizabeth on Friday.
The match starts at 7pm and is the part of an Eastern Cape university double-header at the Madibaz Stadium. Rhodes and Fort Hare will open proceedings at 5pm.
Both the Nelson Mandela University outfit and Walter Sisulu won their first-round matches.
Madibaz captain Luvo Claassen, the Player that Rocks in their win against KwaZulu-Natal last Friday, said they were delighted to pick up five points in that match but they realised there was still a long way to go.
“We know that Walter Sisulu are a very physical side and we will have to front up for that,” he said.
“It’s probably going to be one of the most physical games of the season and we are going to have to work very hard throughout the match.”
He added that he was pleased with their performance last week.
“Our defence was good and we were able to put pressure in the right areas.”
Personally he felt he had “a bit of a shaky start” but improved as the game went on.
“Although I received the award, it was all due to the team effort. It was a well-balanced display and the guys worked hard to play in the right areas.
“Our kicking game was accurate and we managed the game very well.”
Madibaz Sport rugby manager Ntsikelelo Ngcakana said they were thrilled with the support they received last week.
“I personally think moving the games to Friday was a great move and we couldn’t have asked for anything better from our supporters,” he said.
“This week will be huge for Nelson Mandela University and Eastern Cape rugby and we can’t wait to put on a great show.”