Marius Scholtz, the mighty Vikings coach, said that his side will bounce back with lessons learnt from their encounter against log leaders Walter Sisulu University (FNB WSU).
The All Blacks, as WSU is affectionately known, were too resilient for the Vikings, when the two sides locked horns at the TUT Stadium, in the capital city on Monday 20 February, with FNB WSU winning 17-13.
In two home games the FNB TUT Vikings, have won one match and lost one, placing them fourth on the log standings with five points. In an exclusive interview, Claude Johannes, the Vikings captain said, their match against FNB WSU calls for a wake-up, although it’s their second match and they have one game in hand.
According to this agile lock they haven’t seen each other yet, but having video analysis helps them a great deal. “After the video analysis we will have a discussion with the guys about our performance and what needs to be done for our first away game,” Claude said
Meanwhile coach Marius Scholtz said they will have feedback sessions post video analysis and then some field sessions. According Marius his team has got one thing right this year, which is learning to adapt to the situation which is a positive trait.
“We will take the good from the game and move on. The mood in the camp is quite positive and we are looking forward to three days of good preparation before we jet on a plane to the Mother City on Sunday.”
Thabani Magubane, the team manager, said tactically the team played in a good structure, and technically their exceptional conditioning came as a bonus in the team’s performance.
“Having scrummed a heavy pack of forwards such as WSU and playing in their 22 for the final 10 minutes, I think we should applaud our Vikings thus far,” he added.
Thabani said, in going forward he thinks they will take every match as it comes.
“The best we can do is prepare,” he said
By Mokete Radebe