FNB UJ ground out a hard-fought victory against the NMMU-Madibaz in the first round of the FNB Varsity Cup at the UJ Stadium in Johannesburg on Monday evening.

“Even though the opposition defended well, we held on and fought to get a result,” said UJ coach Werner Janse van Rensburg.

He said the rain certainly had a massive influence on the match.

“The conditions made it challenging in terms of our original strategy, but, ultimately, I am pleased with the win.

“The suspension because of the rain was obviously something that we are not used to, but I thought we attacked quite well in general.”

Following a successful pre-season training programme, he said the squad showed a lot of character this early in the tournament.

“Our kicking game was good and the win was a great team effort.

“Going forward, we would like to get more reward for our attacks. We need to keep possession a bit longer.”

UJ will have all to play for when they take on last year’s losing finalists, NWU-Pukke, in a televised second-round match.

“It will be a big day for us, but we’ve beaten them before,” said Janse van Rensburg.

“We know we have to be at our best but that is no different as this competition demands the best from us each week.

Issued by: Coetzee gouws
On behalf of University of Johannesburg Sport