CUT coach Tiaan Liebenberg says his side will not get carried away after beating NMU 38-37 for their first win of the season and second in Varsity Cup history. DYLAN JACK reports.
In a nail-biting game in Bloemfontein, Ixias edged the Madibaz thanks to a brace from hooker Tiaan Erasmus and a late seven-point try from scrumhalf Ruben Heymans.
However, Liebenberg told SARugbymag.co.za his team knows they must stay grounded, especially with their next match being against log-leaders Maties in Stellenbosch.
‘I don’t think I need to do much to ensure that the guys do not get carried away after yesterday, especially seeing as though we only won by one point’, Liebenberg said.
‘I would be more worried if we had won by 20 or 30 points. The fact we only won by one point shows that we still have quite a lot to work on.’
Liebenberg added that his team had paid special attention to improving their game management after their losses to Pukke and UJ in the opening rounds of the competition.
‘In the game against UJ we did well in the first half and led at half-time, but then got a yellow card in the second half and conceded 27 points from there. So we have really worked on staying in the moment and cutting down the number of errors we make.
‘We still made a hell of a lot of errors against NMU, so I don’t think we will be getting ahead of ourselves. There is obviously a hell of a lot of hard work ahead.
‘To go and play Maties in Stellenbosch next Monday is going to be a massive challenge.’
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