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‘NMU knew this was coming’

  • 13 Mar 2018
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Maties coach Hawies Fourie says NMU should have had more security at Monday night's Varsity Cup match. DYLAN JACK reports.

Maties were 19-0 up, nine minutes into the second half, when the game was called off after protestors invaded the field.

The result was confirmed as a 19-0 victory for Maties, which secured them a home semi-final.

Fourie said he was disappointed NMU management did not prepare adequate security after the South African Student Congress (SASCO) had earlier threatened to disrupt the game.

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'When we spoke to the management at NMU last night, they said they knew this was coming for two weeks.

'Since they lost against Pukke, there have been threats to try and disrupt the game and invade the field.

'They received the message from the organisation well in advance and only had 11 or 12 security guards at the stadium. They did not do their job.'

Fourie was disappointed his side could not play on to secure a potential bonus point which would have improved their points difference.

'We were aiming for five log points and only needed one more try, but the game was stopped with us 5m from the tryline. We had a good opportunity to score in the next phase.

'We wanted to finish the game. There were also a few guys on the bench, who haven't had that much game time and we wanted to give them a run.

'We have a week off now. We won't take the whole week off but mentally the guys can switch off for a bit. We will start fresh from next week Monday and work towards our next game against Pukke.'

Maties are six log points ahead of second-placed Pukke, who have a game in hand.

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