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fullback Jarryd Buys will lead the new-look NMMU Madibaz on their road to the
2015 Varsity Cup, team management announced in Port Elizabeth this week.
head coach David Maidza said Buys, who has been vice-captain for the past two
years, was the ideal candidate, as he had strong personal integrity and a clear
vision for his future.
understanding of and authority over people around him, whether they be his
juniors or seniors, is of the highest repute,” said Maidza.
glad to have him return to NMMU for the Varsity Cup and he’ll prove worthy of
his position in the team.”
said the approachable 24-year-old marketing student brought a much-needed
calmness to the side.
came back from an injury a couple of games into the tournament this year and the
team immediately felt much more composed. He is well respected among his
– who also captained the national student sevens side at the 2013 World
University Games in Russia – said he was delighted to be stepping into the role
vacated by front ranker Roy Godfrey, who has signed with French outfit
really excited and looking forward to the new season. It brings new challenges,
new players and new management.
still don’t have that Varsity Cup trophy in our cabinet, so that’s keeping my
a completely new forward pack and a largely unchanged backline, Buys said the
challenge would be to adapt the Madibaz game plan to suit the individuals on
the field and get the best outcome for the team.
is a new line-up of seniors and big changes from last year, so it’s a chance to
start afresh and also build on what we have achieved over the past couple of
overlooked as underdogs, the Madibaz came within striking distance of the
trophy in 2013 and 2014 but suffered a single-point semi-final loss on both
being seen off by Pukke in this year’s competition, the PE team will have a
chance to avenge themselves in the first match of the new campaign on February
Pukke away in the first game of next season will be a huge test, as they are a
team we’ve never beaten since the inception of Varsity Cup,” said Buys, whose
semi-final drop goal was almost a game-changer this year.
obviously want to take it one game at a time, especially with the first game
being such a vital one, and then look to qualify for a semi again.
be lying if I said we weren’t aiming to win it but first there are seven
hurdles that lie in wait before the play-offs.”
Old Selbornian, who has also represented the Leopards and SWD Eagles Currie Cup
squads, said his men had some serious work to do in order to advance their
a good mix of youth and experience and it’s a great opportunity for some of the
younger guys to showcase their talent and put their hands up for future years
under the guidance of the older guys.”
Buys is no stranger to the Varsity Cup competition, having also represented
Maties during his undergraduate studies in 2011 and 2012. He enrolled for a
postgraduate course in financial planning at NMMU last year.
on the brotherhood we have at NMMU is something I’m striving to maintain and
also grow. I think leadership is about trust and respect, and with that a team
can achieve just about anything.”
is currently recovering from knee surgery and looking forward to leading his
team onto the field for the FNB Varsity Cup, presented by Steinhoff
four home games, three of which will be televised, he said he hoped to fill the
Madibaz Stadium and “give the people an exciting brand of rugby to shout