By beating Johannesburg rivals Wits 28-23 on Monday, FNB UJ made sure they would end in the top four with one round in the league phase of the competition left.
Janse van Rensburg said it was a satisfying outcome after they had lost their first two matches.
“It was a tough start to the campaign and the pressure was on more than ever before in the build-up to the Wits game,” he said.
He added that they always felt the battle for the semifinals would come down to the closing rounds.
“This year was no different but we had to break it down week by week. As the journey went along, our belief that we could do it started to strengthen.”
Janse van Rensburg said a number of factors had been the reason for their success.
“A positive attitude and a willingness to push ourselves all the time made the difference. A tight scrap like the one against Wits is always determined by your attitude and for us it was the key factor.”
Before they get to the semifinals on April 3, UJ must finish off their league programme against Maties in Stellenbosch.
Janse van Rensburg said they understood it would be a huge challenge, but they would not be changing their preparations.
“We will approach it the same as every Monday, but we know we have a lot to improve on in terms of our basics and in putting together a solid performance,” he said.
“We want to keep our momentum and ultimately enjoy the opportunity to play at Danie Craven Stadium.”