The FNB Madibaz rugby team will keep it simple when they host University of KwaZulu-Natal in the FNB Varsity Shield in Port Elizabeth on Thursday.
Playing at the Madibaz Stadium at 7pm, the Nelson Mandela University side will be aiming to extend their unbeaten run this season to seven matches.
Coach Jarryd Buys said they understood the magnitude of the occasion, but they would stick with the same preparations they had used all season.
“We are not going to treat this game any differently and will follow the same processes we have had in place since early in the year,” he said.
“Our focus is on making sure we stick to the basics and not try to do anything fancy.”
The Madibaz squad have had some time off since finishing their round-robin programme with a 32-9 win over Fort Hare University last Monday.
Buys felt the slightly longer break would stand them in good stead.
“The last game in Alice was played in heavy rain and it turned into a forward-orientated game.
“The guys’ bodies were a little bit sore after that, so the extra days will definitely help.
“In addition, they have had academic commitments to fulfil and it has probably worked out for the best.”
In the other semifinal, Cape Peninsula University of Technology will be at home to Walter Sisulu University.