Madibaz hope to revive Varsity Cup challenge as coach rings the changes

Devon Lailvaux (FNB NMMU) on attack against (FNB CUT)  at the Madibaz Stadium at NMMU. Picture: Brian Witbooi, 16 February 2015, The Herald
Devon Lailvaux (FNB NMMU) on attack against (FNB CUT) at the Madibaz Stadium at NMMU.
Picture: Brian Witbooi, 16 February 2015, The Herald

IT will be make-or-break for the Madibaz when they face an in-form University of Johannesburg (UJ) side in a Varsity Cup clash at the NMMU Stadium tonight.

At the halfway stage of the competition, the Madibaz find themselves in the bottom half of the league table and badly need a win if they plan to claim a playoff berth.

After slumping to two defeats in their opening three matches, the Madibaz will have to make full use of their remaining three home matches if they want to start climbing up the league table.

Concerned head coach David Maidza has rung the changes for tonight’s clash.

“UJ will definitely be tough opposition, without a shadow of a doubt. But we just have to back ourselves and make sure our accuracy and discipline are top notch. If we do that, we should decrease our errors by at least 30% and be well-placed,” Maidza said.

A defeat against Pukke on the opening day of the season followed by a hard-fought win over the Central University of Technology and last Monday’s defeat against Ikeys has left the Madibaz desperate for another win.

After the UJ game, the Madibaz still have home games against Shimlas next Monday and Tuks on March 23.

Their remaining away game is against a struggling Maties on March 16 in Stellenbosch.

The log after three games: Tuks (13), Shimlas (12), UJ (9), Pukke (9), UCT (8), Madibaz (6), Maties (6), CUT (6).

UJ got back to winning ways with a gutsy 10-8 victory over Pukke in their last outing.

A number of changes have been made to the Madibaz starting lineup for tonight.

Three significantly unchanged positions will be captain Jarryd Buys, who will help to control the game at fullback, Tythan Adams, who remains on the right wing, and vicecaptain CJ Velleman in the No 6 jersey.

Yamkela Ngam returns to the starting XV at left wing, while Brian Skosana slots into the utility back position on the bench. Tonight’s teams: Madibaz: Jarryd Buys (capt), Tythan Adams, Michael Bernardt, Devon Lailvaux, Yamkela Ngam, Steven Hansel, Ivan Ludick, Andisa Ntsila, Jody Reyneke, CJ Velleman, Rob Louw, Tyler Paul, Brendan Olivier, Warrick Venter, Arno Ebersohn. Replacements: Dane van der Westerhuyzen, Steven Robesson, Rudolph Odendaal, Stephen Zaayman, Daniel Acker, Andile Jho, Brian Skosana, Marzuq Maarman

University of Johannesburg: Ronald Brown, Bradley Moolman, Robert de Bruyn, Adriaan Vermeulen, Aphiwe Dyanti, Jaco Fourie, Chuma Faas, Dylan Peterson, Kyle van Dalen, Kobus Porter (capt), David Antonites, Werner Lourens, Nico du Plessis, Siphatho Qinisile, Gareth Milasinovich. Replacements: Jannes Snyman, Brandon Landsberg, Ettienne Oosthuizen, Wiaan Conradie, Hilton Mudarika, James Campbell, Dominic Kroezen, Raeez Salie

Kick-off: 7pm. Live on SuperSport

-George Byron

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