FNB UFH-Blues Captain, Billy Dutton, was not pleased at all with their match results against FNB UKZN-Impi on Monday night. In a game that could have gone either way, Blues carelessly gave away a try in the dying minutes of the game. Dutton came very hard at his players, “We really played in patches throughout the game and this is just not good enough. Rugby matches were designed to last for 80 minutes and that’s for how long we should be playing”. He went on to say, “If you play a competition like Varsity Shield you just cannot take your foot off the pedal and that’s exactly what we did on Monday: when we did that we paid the price as the opposition took advantage of us and scored points. I mean at half time the score was 8 – 7 and there was one point in it for a very long time”.
Dutton believes losing their hard working loose-head prop, Lwando Mabenga, midway through the second half also affected their rhythm because their lost their scrummaging structure and its stability. This worsened their set-piece woes because their lineout was already struggling. “our entire attacking platform collapsed and we could not provide our backs with a good quick quality ball” said Dutton.
However there are some few boxes that they ticked from that game. There were some good performances from some of their debutants such as flyhalf, Oliver Zono who scored a brilliant try on the day. They also defended well throughout the match in very difficult conditions. “I think Luzuko Nyabaza and Onke Dubase had a very strong game. They were really fantastic and hopefully their performance can rub off to the rest of the Team” Dutton said.
Blus captain believe they will have a good game against FNB-TUT next Monday, “We did not make changes to the team; one of the reasons is that we still need to register more players in order to have flexibility of changing players. Our next match will be against TUT at Davidson ground Fort Hare – Alice”.