FNB NMMU head coach David Maidza has made several strategic changes to his side that will take on defending champions FNB Tuks in their crucial sixth-round FNB Varsity Cup encounter in Pretoria tonight.
The penultimate game of the round-robin tournament could be a defining moment for the team from Port Elizabeth, who have had mixed fortunes in the tournament thus far.
“The win against Wits was the right result for us to take into the Tuks game,” said Maidza, whose Madibaz outfit claimed a confidence-boosting 18-12 win in Johannesburg last week.
“We know that we will certainly be up against a formidable team but we are confident that we’ve managed to fix our problems on the field and are ready for the challenge.”
Aiming to put maximum points on the board will be kicker Gavin Hauptfleisch, who returns to the flyhalf position.
Vice-captain Jarryd Buys will be back in control and on familiar turf at fullback.
“Tighthead prop Dexter Fahey and right lock Cameron Lindsay also make a welcome return from injury to strengthen our forward pack,” said Maidza.
He said the new options had given him the flexibility to move Stefan Willemse to openside flank in place of Marcel Groenewald.
Number eight kingpin Timothy Agaba takes a well-deserved breather on the bench, with Groenewald starting in his place.
“Jody Reyneke gets a start ahead of Martin Ferreira who has done a sterling job at hooker,” said Maidza.
“I feel the