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Mind over matter paramount for NMMU Madibaz on all-away soil

By Marc Jacobson - Jan 16, 2017
Mind over matter paramount for NMMU Madibaz on all-away soil

Due to restricted stadium renovations that are being applied to the NMMU Madibaz home ground oval, the side will not have the benefits of playing in front of their home crowd in the 2017 Varsity Cup.

The Varsity Cup kicks off on January 30th and it will involve nine premier Varsity Cup sides from all over South Africa to take part in a single round-robin phase, upon which to culminate the most amount of log points to then compete in the semi-finals.

Playing eight games each, the NMMU Madibaz will face the daunting challenge of playing all their matches on away soil and it could prove to be significantly taxing to the side’s tournament prospects. It should be up to the players, their officials and the coaching staff, however, to put mind-over-matter, to leapfrog their hopes in winning their first ever Varsity Cup title.

In 2016, the Madibaz had a relatively morbid season, with having that home-ground luxury-status and ending second-last on the overall Varsity Cup standings, after only winning one match out of seven played. The NWU Pukke ended up just snatching the Varsity Cup title away from Maties at the death in the final – winning 7-6.

The Madibaz ended with a points’ difference of -82 and only racked up seven points in their seven games, so this season, irrespective of the arguably unfair conditions, the side from Port Elizabeth can only improve when they kick their season off against the Ikeys at Florida Park in Parow.

NMMU Madibaz full fixture list for Varsity Cup 2017:

30th January- Ikeys vs. Madibaz in Florida Park, Parow.

6th February- Pukke vs. Madibaz in Fanie du Toit Stadium, Potchefstroom.

13th February- Tuks vs. Madibaz in LC de Villiers Stadium, Pretoria.

20th February- Maties vs. Madibaz in Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch.

6th March- UJ vs. Madibaz in UJ Stadium, Johannesburg.

13th March- Wits vs. Madibaz in Wits Rugby Stadium, Johannesburg.

20th March- Shimlas vs. Madibaz in Shimla Park, Bloemfontein.

27th March- Ixias vs. Madibaz in CUT Stadium, Bloemfontein.