By Gina Cossavella
How the FNB Madibaz rugby team have fared in Varsity Shield
Last year the FNB Madibaz rugby team made it to the finals with an undefeated record, losing their only match of the season to Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) in the finals.
Prior to the start of this season, FNB Madibaz planned on making up for last year. Thus far, they have played four matches and have won three. A promising start but one that doesn’t leave room for anymore error, especially if they plan on being promoted back to the Varsity Cup tournament. For our PE boys to get promoted back to the Varsity Cup championship, they need to be the team that accumulates the highest points from both last year and this season.
The first two matches of this season were played on home ground and FNB Madibaz won the first match 25 – 5 against FNB UKZN on 14 February. The hiccup came on 21 February as they lost against FNB WSU 14 – 19. The boys came back with a bang on 28 February to beat FNB Rhodes 0 – 50 in Grahamstown and on 6 March, FNB Madibaz got back at FNB CPUT by beating them 32 – 24.
FNB Madibaz will be travelling to take on FNB TUT 20 March at 19:00 and will be playing their last round-robin match on home ground at 17:00 on 27 March as they take on FNB UFH who beat them earlier in the season.
Keep your eyes on the television and cheer Madibaz on in person to see how they fare in their last two matches, whether they make the final and ultimately get promoted.
CAPTION: FNB Madibaz centre Johan Lombard goes on a run against Rhodes on 28 February 2020. Photo: ASEM Engage