The Varsity Cup battle for supremacy in Johannesburg will unfold at the University of Johannesburg on Monday when they square off against local rivals Wits in a televised rugby clash.
The home side are higher on the log, lying in third spot thanks to four straight wins, while Wits, with three wins in six matches, are in sixth position.
UJ coach Werner Janse van Rensburg knows that there will be no easy route to victory, recalling their most recent clash in the Varsity Cup which resulted in a close win in 2014.
“Firstly, we are grateful just to be in our current position and we are obviously excited to be involved in a big derby on Monday,” he said.
“They are a team at the peak of their powers with a great attitude and intent. We will need to step up our game to handle their attacking approach.”
The UJ coach said that history would count for nothing, despite their recent impressive form.
“We have to stay true to what we do because this is a new week. We have to be at our best and, as a unit, have the willingness to go the extra mile.”
UJ won their fourth match in a row this week when they beat UCT 40-12 in Cape Town, a result which satisfied their mentor.
“We had a plan of how to approach the extreme wind at UCT and it worked effectively on the day,” he said.
“Handling those circumstances and the willingness to do more for each other were big plusses for us.”
He said it was encouraging to win their second game away from home, having also beaten Central University of Technology (CUT) in Bloemfontein.
He added it was too early to start talking about qualifying for the play-offs, saying they would only focus on their next match, letting “the rest take care of itself”.