Maties still need polishing

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:54
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VARSITY CUP REACTION: Maties put in a performance worthy of the favourites tag on Monday against Pukke in Stellenbosch but coach Hawies Fourie believes there is more work to be done. Tauriq Ebrahim reports.

Maties ran in three tries and conceded just one - due to a Jimmy Mpailane intercept try just before half-time - and while Fourie was happy with his side's defensive work, he feels their attacking effectiveness needs to be addressed.

"We need to improve finishing the opportunities we create. We had the same thing against Tuks in the opening round. We are not effective enough when getting into the opposition's 22, so a lot of our emphasis will be placed on that aspect of the game.

"We had a lot of opportunities in the first half that we didn't convert. We had a lot of play inside their [Pukke] 22 which we didn't score from, so we had our chances but I am satisfied with the result and performance.

"We would have liked to have scored another try but we are not that disappointment [in achieving a four-try bonus point] as we wanted to win the game and anything more would have been a bonus.

"It was a great performance defensively and I am sure there will be a lot of sore bodies. That was one area that I felt we lacked in the first two games, so they stepped up in a big way and showed a lot of attitude and guts," Fourie told rugby365.com.

While Fourie may feel that they need to be more clinical with taking their opportunities, he was more than satisfied with the improvement his side has shown.

"We knew that we had to put in a complete performance to give ourselves a good chance to beat Pukke and I am happy that the guys delivered on the field.

"We spoke about a complete performance in the lead up to the game and that was where we focussed our attention - on getting everything right on the night. The one thing we wanted to do was stamp our authority on the set-pieces and I think it worked quite well as he had a good scrummaging performance in both halves," he added.

Maties will have a nervy week ahead of them as they prepare to take on the NMMU-Madibaz at the Danie Craven Stadium as two of their players left the field with concussion.

Scrumhalf Paul de Wet was substituted just after half-time while outside centre Kyle Steyn was forced off the field 10 minutes into the second half.

By Tauriq Ebrahim
@Tauriq365
@rugby365com

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Fri, 15 December 2017
Ulster v Harlequins 19h45 Kingspan Stadium
Sat, 16 December 2017
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Leinster v Exeter Chiefs 15h15 Aviva Stadium
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Clermont Auvergne v Saracens 15h15 Stade Marcel-Michelin
Ospreys v Northampton Saints 15h15 Liberty Stadium
Leicester Tigers v Munster 17h30 Welford Road
RESULT SCORE
Mon, 11 December 2017
Saracens v Clermont Auvergne 14 | 46
Sun, 10 December 2017
Exeter Chiefs v Leinster 8 | 18
Harlequins v Ulster 5 | 17
La Rochelle v Wasps 49 | 29
Sat, 09 December 2017
Munster v Leicester Tigers 33 | 10
Castres v Racing Metro 16 | 13
Northampton Saints v Ospreys 32 | 43
Toulon v Bath 24 | 20
Scarlets v Treviso 33 | 28
Fri, 08 December 2017
Glasgow Warriors v Montpellier 22 | 29
Sun, 03 December 2017
Harlequins v Saracens 20 | 19
Sat, 02 December 2017
Cheetahs v Scarlets 28 | 21
Munster v Ospreys 36 | 10
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 32 | 25
Treviso v Leinster 10 | 36
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Pool CUP
Team P W D L Pts
UP-Tuks 8 7 0 1 34
Maties 8 7 0 1 34
UJ 8 5 0 3 25
Shimlas 8 5 0 3 23
Wits 8 4 0 4 21
NWU-Pukke 8 4 0 4 19
NMMU-Madibaz 8 2 0 6 11
UCT-Ikeys 8 2 0 6 9
CUT-Ixias 8 0 0 8 3
Pool SHIELD
Team P W D L Pts
UWC 6 5 0 1 27
Fort Hare 6 4 0 2 20
UKZN-Impi 6 4 0 2 20
WSU 6 3 0 3 14
CPUT 6 2 0 4 10
TUT 6 2 0 4 9
Rhodes 6 1 0 5 6