“If we can grow with each match and each practice, regardless what the scoreboard says, I will be a happy coach by the end of the season.”
New head coach of FNB CUT Rugby, Pieter Bergh, is adamant that his CUT Ixias are still on track in the 2019 Varsity Cup campaign.
We have grown with each of our pre-season games against Madibaz and a Cheetahs XV, and gave a solid performance against the FNB Tuks giants.
“All I want is to see weekly improvements in our games, and that is exactly what the players are showing me,” Bergh told VC this week.
Although FNB CUT has a demanding start to the 2019 season, with away matches against the mighty FNB Tuks and dangerous FNB Wits, the season will probably not get any easier soon.
“I believe we can achieve any desired results as long as we succeed on three rugby levels this year:
- We have to reach and maintain super fitness levels;
- We have to perform efficiently in all set pieces; and
- We need to apply effective defensive strategies in our game plans.
“If we do these basics well, positive results will take care of themselves and the scoreboard will show this inevitably,” Bergh emphasized.
Former Springbok hooker and FNB CUT head coach, Tiaan Liebenberg, is still involved with the Ixias, primarily focussing on coaching the forwards.
With Bergh and Liebenberg holding the coaching reigns, the “Blue Brigade” is bound to cause some upsets in 2019.
Pieter Bergh joins the CUT family after coaching stints at Boland Rugby (2 years) and Griquas Rugby (7 years), bringing with him some crucial Currie cup experience.
“I just hope we can play our games for the full 80 minutes, and that each players will enjoy every moment on the field.
“As long as we stick to doing the basics right, the results will undoubtedly follow suit”, Bergh concluded.