UWC See The Positives
UWC may have lost their unbeaten record when they went down 2-1 to NMMU in Port Elizabeth but it may be exactly what they needed as they look forward to hosting a semifinal match.
It will not only be the first time they will host a knockout match but also the first time they have secured a semifinal, which makes their near flawless record that much more impressive.
There were plenty of positives to take out of their defeat and coach Salie Adams believes, despite the result, the team gave a good account of themselves.
"Obviously the result is not what we wanted and the loss came down to five minutes where we lost concentration but we showed plenty of fight and gave a good account of ourselves. In hindsight, this result could maybe be exactly what we needed just to bring us down a little and get our feet back on the ground.
"The outcome of the game could have been very different if we had converted the two early chances we had and even when we went two goals down, we still kept ourselves in the game and the performance was good. We don't need to make any major changes ahead of the semifinal and simply need to remain focused on what we need to do," Adams said.
Adams remained coy when asked who he would prefer to play against on Thursday, September 10 but said it would be nice to play either Wits or Pukke in Cape Town, as their previous encounters were in Johannesburg and Potchefstroom respectively.
UWC were forced to make precautionary substitutions during the match as the heavy, rained-soaked, field took its toll on the players but their major concern will be that of captain Reon October who took a knock to his hand early in the encounter.
"The players never paced themselves well enough on the heavy field, which contributed to a few of them over exerting themselves, so the substitutions we made were mainly for precautionary measures.
"Josh Silent felt something tweak and immediately asked to be taken off and Ryan Steer had a bit of cramp. We were also forced to take Reon off because he took a knock to his hand and he lost feeling in it for a few minutes but he is fine now and I am happy that his replacement Shakeel Sadien performed well during his time on the park," he added.