NMMU striker Ignatius Malgraaf knows that his side will have to be at their best this weekend with challenging matches against UJ, Maties and UCT in Stellenbosch.
National squad striker Malgraaf moved down to Port Elizabeth from Potchefstroom at the start of the year, and got on the scoreboard up at Wits when his side smashed Rhodes 5-0 on Monday.
With one win, one draw and one loss from the opening weekend of the tournament the Madibaz currently sit in third position on the log, but Malgraaf knows that they will have their work cut out for them this weekend against the unbeaten UJ who top the standings, hosts Maties and a determined Ikeys side.
“It is going to be a very big challenge, especially our first game against UJ. They have got three national players in their team but hopefully we can give them a good run, it is all about taking our chances,” he said.
Malgraaf said that he is still adjusting to the NMMU set-up, and expects to have more of an impact as the tournament goes on and he gets used to linking up with his teammates.
“As a striker I am not connecting with my teammates as well as I could, but everyone is still finding their feet in this competition so I am sure the standard will improve even more,” he said.
Fitness is a key part of the NMMU gameplan, with the team doing plenty of conditioning to ensure they hit the ground running in Stellenbosch.
“The coach has been drilling us with plenty of fitness, so Varsity Hockey is a great opportunity for the team to make sure we are at our best for USSA,” said Malgraaf.