Madibaz rugby coach Jarryd Buys is preparing his team for a hectic start to their Varsity Shield campaign when they play three matches in eight days from Monday.
They then take on Walter Sisulu University in East London on Thursday, followed by a clash with Grahamstown rivals Rhodes in PE on February 25.
Buys acknowledged it would not be easy, but said the players were looking forward to the action after months of preparation.
“We are moving from the pre-season mode to competition mode and I think it will be a relief to get out on the field.
“What we have tried to do in our training is to replicate what we will face in the first week so the players will have an idea of what to expect.
“We will also use a rotation of players in that period.”
Playing in the Varsity Shield for the first time after being relegated from the Varsity Cup, Buys said it was not always easy to know exactly what to expect from the opposition.
“There are changes in the coaching and playing personnel every year, but we definitely won’t underestimate anybody,” he added. “I know it’s an old cliché but our priority will be to focus on what we need to do to get the required result.
“I believe we have a good enough squad to maintain a high standard and if we concentrate on the execution of our plans, that is 80% of the job done.”
The Madibaz coach encouraged the team’s supporters to come out in their numbers to back the squad.
“The guys are aiming to play good rugby, but it’s not just about the team. We are hoping for good support from rugby fans because we are all in this together.”
Monday’s match will kick off at 6.30pm.