Ixias welcome extra time to prepare

Cohen Jasper after scoring the now-famous try which earned the CUT Ixias a historic first-ever win over the Maties in the Varsity Cup. PHOTO: BRENDAN CROFT/ VARSITY CUP Photo: Brendan Croft/ Varsity

The Central University of Technology Ixias will make the most of their extra time afforded to them with the third Varsity Cup bio-bubble being postponed by a week.

This comes after the organisers postponed rounds 7, 8 and 9 by a week due to positive Covid-19 cases.

With matches against the North-West University Eagles, the University of the Western Cape and the University of Pretoria Tuks, the third-placed team from Bloemfontein wants to be as well prepared as they can be.

The Ixias coach, Pieter Bergh, told Bloemfontein Courant that they have some work, following their historic 23-18 win over the Maties on Friday.

“We need some time to get better at certain things. We feel that we need to improve in our game, especially at the lineouts. It gives us time to have an extra lineout session or two before we go into the next bubble.

“It will also be good to have a few extra days off to get the body and the mind right for the last bubble. It will be a tough one, we are looking forward to it. The confidence in the group is high and we are in a very good space.”

The Shimlas, in their turn, will also be feeling a lot more confident after beating the NMU Madibaz at the death for 24-20, which was their first victory of the tournament. They do, however, have games coming up against Tuks, Wits and the Maties in the next bubble. – MORGAN PIEK