George-based Madibaz flanker Andisa Ntsila is not a man who likes to go through the motions.
The 23-year-old, who was judged the best player on the field in the team’s recent FNB Varsity Cup loss against Maties, said he strived to play his rugby with a sense of urgency.
“From a personal perspective, I want to keep on delivering,” said the loose forward, who is studying towards a degree in game ranch management.
Speaking in the aftermath of a below-par start to their Varsity Cup campaign, he said that if the team wanted to move forward they needed to improve their focus and attitude.
“I’ve learnt that we should put away teams in the first few minutes and make sure we don’t give them a chance to come back in the game.”
He said it was important for the team not to just go through the motions and to keep fighting.
“I think we have made things tough for ourselves by playing catch-up rugby. Having to come from behind definitely does not guarantee victories.”
Ntsila said his role in the team was to help maintain defensive lines and possession and, perhaps typical of his personality, he felt that he could improve.
He said he always knew he wanted to play rugby but that acquiring a good education was equally important.
“I always make sure I work hard by fully committing myself at training and dedicating sufficient time to my studies,” said Ntsila, who is currently a third-year student at NMMU’s George campus.
Before he settles into a career after rugby, he said his goal was to stampede his way into the Bok team. However, his mind is on more pressing issues.
“It is now important to get back on our feet in this Varsity Cup tournament.”