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Madibaz won’t deviate from tried and tested plan against Varsity College

FNB Madibaz will not deviate an inch from the strategy that has been the hallmark of their successful campaign in the 2024 FNB Varsity Shield competition when they clash with FNB Varsity College in the semi-final in Gqeberha on Friday 19 April. Kick-off is at 12:45.  


Captain Leon van der Merwe says they want to continue to trust the recipe that has brought them six consecutive victories.  


“The key pillars we have built during the season have been our commitment to working as a team, the understanding each player has of his role and our resilience in the face of challenges. 


“Whatever the situation we have been faced with we have mostly managed to show the grit and determination to turn the tide in our favour.” 


As they approach the semi-final, Van der Merwe says the sense of anticipation was “palpable” within the team as they want to showcase the fruits of their labour this season. 


At the same time, he warned against getting too worked up by the “sense of occasion”. 


“Keeping players from becoming too pumped before the match is essential for maintaining concentration and focus when we get onto the field. As a leader, you can achieve this by emphasising composure in the build-up and ensuring the players focus on the task at hand.” 


Madibaz were forced to withstand a ferocious fightback by Varsity College in their previous encounter, which they won 25-19 after leading 18-5 at halftime. 


That match gave them some valuable insight, the skipper says. 


“We’ve analysed their tactics, strengths and weaknesses and identified areas we can capitalise on and where we need to make adjustments to our game.” 


Van der Merwe says there has been an air of confidence and trust in one another during practice this week. 


He also doesn’t downplay the advantage of a home crowd. 


“Besides playing in familiar conditions, the support has been a powerful source of inspiration and motivation. It creates a vibrant atmosphere that uplifts the players.” 

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