The University of Johannesburg women’s sevens rugby team are ready to challenge for the University Sport South Africa title when the tournament is held in Johannesburg on Saturday.
After finishing regularly in the top three since the event’s inception in 2013, the UJ squad are motivated to go all the way this time.
Team manager Tumi Leseke said they had worked hard to give themselves a chance at glory.
She added that their biggest challenge would be “to control ourselves and our mentality as a whole”.
“The way we approach every game and every opponent is up to us. If we choke then it will be on us, but I don’t believe that will happen.
“The girls really want this and have been pushing themselves harder and harder in training.”
The UJ manager, however, realised that the opposition would be equally motivated to take the honours.
“We know all our opponents have been working hard and believe it’s their turn to take the cup,” she said.
“So as a team all we can do is keep our heads down and play our own brand of rugby.”
Under coach Mbuyiselo Siqebengu the squad have been going through an intense programme of tests, which have focused on their endurance and their big match temperament.
Leseke added that the World University Championships in Namibia in July was proving a major incentive for the players.
“We have the calibre to be part of the selected squad. The girls know that they have a chance to make it and that it’s all up to them now.”