An efficient and unified effort by the University of Johannesburg forwards has paved the way for their recent Varsity Cup success, moving them to fourth on the log.
After outplaying Free State University 49-12 last week, UJ romped past Madibaz 69-8 in their latest fixture.
UJ coach Werner Janse van Rensburg said the pack had laid the platform in those two matches.
“I know it’s the oldest cliché in the book, but the moment you get momentum with your pack it has a ripple effect throughout your team,” he said.
“We did have an awesome week of preparation before the Free State game, especially with our forwards having a run out with New Zealand side the Hurricanes.
“There was a lot of good stuff that we carried over into the game against Shimlas and we started the match well.
“Even when we got the two cards, the guys fought really hard and they reaped the benefit of that.”
Up against arch-Johannesburg rivals Wits at Wits on Monday, Janse van Rensburg said this seventh-round match was always going to be important, whoever they played.
“Going on previous results we might have gone into this game as the favourites, but this time we are the underdogs,” he said of the clash with the second-placed team.
“I believe it will be good for our guys and a chance to see the character they show as the underdogs.
“The reality is that in this competition you can face adversity at any time and what’s important is how you handle that to get the results you want.”