With Tshwane University of Technology setting the pace, Zwane said it had become obvious that you had to be prepared to fight hard in every match.
“You only have to look at the log to see how close these things are,” he said, acknowledging the pace set by the unbeaten TUT.
“They have very few weaknesses and are playing very well, but it is a good thing because it is forcing us to rise to the challenge.”
After five rounds, just three points separate the top five teams, with three sides, including UJ, sitting on nine points.
Even with three wins under their belts, Zwane said it would not get any easier when they faced North-West University on Thursday.
“At this stage, we are taking each game as it comes and we know it will be a tough one against North-West because they will be smarting after their home loss last week.”
He added that even home-ground advantage was not guaranteed of ensuring a win.
“The players are spurred on by the home fans, but you still have to do the hard work.
“Several teams have won away from home this season, because the visiting side often play a bit more cautiously and this can leave you vulnerable to counter-attacks.”
Even though he said they would be focused only on the next game, he confirmed their desire to secure a spot in the semis.
“Of course, every coach has that as his goal and if you can get a home semi, or even a home final, that would be great.
“But we first have to take care of business on Thursday.”