Coming off a narrow 18-15 loss to NWU-Pukke on Monday, UJ are lying in the bottom half of the log with six points to their name.
Naturally disappointed at the final result, the coach said there were positives they could take from the game.
“The biggest thing for me is that the team has shown progress since the start,” he said.
“Obviously we are now reaching a stage where that progression has to become increasingly accurate for us to stay in contention for the play-offs.”
He said their set phases had improved throughout the match against Pukke, helping them to almost snatch victory after trailing 18-3.
“We definitely did better in the set phases towards the end of the first half and throughout the second half,” he said.
“When we kept the ball we looked really good, but unfortunately we had one of those evenings where a lot of things just seemed to go against us.”
UJ now travel to Bloemfontein to take on Free State University, who are lying third on the log, with three wins from four encounters.
Janse van Rensburg said they would face a different outfit from the side they met in a friendly prior to the competition.
“Shimlas have been in exceptional form during this campaign and have improved a great deal.
“So it’s another big occasion for us. But we are gradually improving and if we improve another 10%, we can give them a good go.”