Madibaz eager to avoid wooden spoon

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:46
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VARSITY CUP: The NMMU-Madibaz will be determined to finish their Varsity Cup rugby campaign with a win against CUT-Ixais to avoid that basement position.

While the squad have faced some tough challenges this season, coach David Maidza said they remained positive and were eager to prove a point against CUT in Bloemfontein on Monday, who have lost all seven matches so far.

Despite CUT’s record this season, Maidza said they would not make the mistake of taking anything for granted.

"We want to make sure we do well in our last game, but will be up against a side also motivated to finish on a high," he said.

"They are very similar to us in that they never give in and they will give it their all in front of their home crowd,"

The Madibaz mentor said his players had always produced their best efforts this season and praised them for their positive attitude.

"Although we have not achieved the desired results, it has not been through a lack of willingness and commitment by the players.

"These young men have left their last ounce of effort on the field and I am proud of them for being competitive in each outing,"

Maidza said they had been working hard to build for the future.

"Our main focus since 2015 has been to have a stable squad of student-athletes.

"I feel we can be proud to say that if all goes our way we will have no less than 15 graduates by the end of 2018, which means we will have continuity with our squad until 2019,"

Maidza said he was also encouraged by the backing they had received from the varsity.

"There is a whole lot of support for us from the dean of students Luthando Jack, director of sport Yoliswa Lumka and from the top echelons of the university,"

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