UJ will join nine other varsities from around the country for the tournament from December 1 to 3 and coach Patrick Ross-Allen said there was a positive mood in the camp.
“The preparations have gone well, even though it’s been a bit difficult with the academic commitments,” he said.
“We had a very useful training session against the North-West University.”
He added that everyone was working towards the same goal.
“I definitely think we will be competitive. The talent we have is amazing and we have created a good vibe and environment in the group.”
UJ have mostly ended in the top half of the table in past tournaments and Ross-Allen said they were motivated to annex the title.
“But we are not looking too far ahead and know we just have to take it game by game,” he said. “If we can focus on the small things, the big things will take care of themselves.
“There are nine other top universities in South Africa who all have the same thoughts of winning so there will be no easy games.”
While he expects a close tournament, Ross-Allen said champions Stellenbosch University, NWU-Pukke and Pretoria University would always be among the favourites.
He didn’t rule out his own team, either, saying they were familiar with the conditions in Durban.
“This will be the second time this year that we will be playing in Durban so luckily we know what to expect.”