University of Johannesburg coach Werner Janse van Rensburg wants to see a dose of self-belief combined with a strong degree of consistency from his team when the Varsity Cup gets under way on Monday.
The Johannesburg outfit have a tough opener at home against defending champions North-West University, but Janse van Rensburg said they knew they had to handle whatever came their way.
UJ are on the brink of a new era, with a number of senior players having left their ranks after completing their degrees.
“The test for our players will be to keep believing in what we are doing and knowing that it is good enough to get results.
“We also need to show a good level of consistency and it will be crucial to play well over consecutive weeks.”
Despite the challenges ahead, he said the squad were excited about seeing action on Monday.
“There are also some nerves but the guys are looking forward to what this experience will bring. We can’t wait to get going as it is a fantastic competition to play in.”
After initial strength and conditioning phases in October, the squad continued their preparations from late November to mid-December before a break until January 3.
“We have had some good contributions in friendly matches against University of Pretoria and Wits,” said Janse van Rensburg.
“We achieved our goal of spending as much time together as we could with our new-look side.”
He said they had two new additions in centre Sipho Phiri and flyhalf Ewan Adams, who would add some experience.
“We also have a few stalwarts from last year, but the younger players will form the greater part of our squad and this will help them gain experience for future Varsity Cup competitions.”