FNB Madibaz made a statement having been recently relegated to the Varsity Shield after an enthralling 38-21 win in the opening game.
The Nelson Mandela University team’s opening game was against the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, kicking-off an intense spell to the competition with three matches in the space of eight days.
It was a slow start to the game, with neither side making any threatening moves. Great fun from the home team captain, Riaan Esterhuizen, broke the line to set-up Josiah Twum-Boafo for the ice-breaking try. FNB CPUT put up their first points through Ameer Hendricks just before half-time.
FNB Madibaz showed no signs of reducing their lead instead FNB Player that Rocks, Thembekile Bolitina, thwarted the visitor’s dreams by crossing the line. With several minutes remaining the great run of champagne rugby from the home side continued and a scintillating individual run from Christopher Hollis rubberstamped the team’s credentials
After Monday’s fixture, Madibaz take on Walter Sisulu University in East London on Thursday, followed by a clash with Grahamstown rivals Rhodes in PE on February 25.
With their preparations have gone well and Buys can be proud of his team’s performance after creating a winning culture in the squad.