Madibaz captain Nandipha Jack said she was confident the team could return to their winning ways when they play a Varsity Netball doubleheader in Pretoria this weekend.
The Port Elizabeth team, who lost 45-24 to University of Pretoria at their home courts on Monday, will face University of Johannesburg on Sunday and University of the Free State on Monday.
Madibaz started their campaign on a high note as they had won all their games before they met Tuks.
UJ, on the other hand, got off to a poor start after they suffered consecutive losses to NWU-Pukke, Kovsies and Maties and Jack said she hoped they would have similar success.
“We’ve never lost to UJ before in Varsity Netball, so it’s one of the games we should be able to take,” said the fourth-year BTech student. “We’re excited about this one and it should be a good game to watch.”
With three training sessions planned before the UJ clash, Jack said they were positive and had good direction.
The 24-year-old said passing and control were key areas they would focus on.
“We are going to fix the little errors we had on Monday. We know when fatigue sets in, we need to play slower and with more control while on the attack.”
Jack remained optimistic and said there were a number of positives to take from the loss.
“Monday’s game was just a test of how strong we are,” said the Madibaz leader, who switches between centre and wing attack.
“There are definitely more positive thoughts than negative because Tuks did not get a bonus point. Normally when we play against them we are expected to lose by a bigger margin.”
With six rounds left – including fixtures against the likes of UJ, University of the Free State, North-West University and Stellenbosch University – Madibaz occupy fourth place on the log.