Despite a certain degree of inexperience in the squad, Janse van Rensburg said they were motivated to be the best they could be “in the challenging circumstances that the Varsity Cup brings”.
“We are starting afresh, having lost quite a few senior players who have been involved over the last four years,” he said.
“However, we do have some experience, with senior additions to our team in centre Sipho Phiri and flyhalf Ewan Adams.”
Janse van Rensburg said they would combine with a number of younger players, who would be able to gain good experience for future Varsity Cup competitions.
The UJ mentor said their focus would be on handling whatever came their way during the course of the competition.
“The test for our players will be to keep believing in what we are doing and knowing that it is good enough to get results.”
After beginning preparations with fitness and conditioning phases in October, Janse van Rensburg said the squad were looking forward to the action.
“There are also some nerves but the guys are looking forward to the opening game. We can’t wait to get going as it is a fantastic competition to play in.”
He said much of their focus had been on doing the basics well, as well as handling the different conditions they would face.
“To make the play-offs you have to be consistent and it will be crucial to play well over consecutive Mondays,” he said.