After an opening round in which Maties recorded two wins and a defeat, Captain Juline Rossouw said the team is ready to give their all against a tough NWU-Pukke team.
The first match of the series saw the Maties thrash their Cape neighbours UCT 62-22 and the ladies looked well coached and ready.
An unexpected 51-30 defeat to hosts NMMU on the second day threatened to dampen the team’s spirits and resolve, but this isn’t just any team we are talking about.
The last match of the weekend saw the ladies battle UJ and the match was a rollercoaster as both teams traded the lead. When the final buzzer went the Maties had edged the match 47-46 and the team was elated with the result.
According to Rossouw the result was a massive confidence boost ahead of a tough trip to Potchefstroom over the coming weekend.
Pukke sit in first position on the log and have a massive goal difference of 95 after only three games, meaning they won their matches by an average margin of 32 goals.
Maties will have to be focused during the entire match as Pukke will punish any mistakes and also will not be also to score against.
In team news Pabala Sesele replaces Almari Liebenberg due to positional changes seeing as centre Suné Claasens is struggling with an injury.
Sesele can cover centre and will move in if Claasens is unable to complete the match. The team flies out on Sunday and the match is being broadcasted on Supersport 209 at 19:30 on Monday 30 September.
Maties squad for Monday: Karien Jordaan, Melandi Pretorius, Lizanne Visser, Pabala Sesele, Haike Brink, Lou-Ann Nagel, Suné Claassens, Anne Uys, Juline Rossouw, Akile Khoza, Rulanda Pretorius, Tilida Maas.
By Dorfling Terblanche