Who Will March On In Bloemfontein?
Both UJ and Kovsies are coming off consecutive victories heading into their Varsity Football clash in Bloemfontein.
The home side's two wins have come over Limpopo and UWC who are yet to win this season, whilst table-toppers UJ have claimed the prize scalps of both last year's finalists - NMMU and UP-Tuks.
Coach Bradley Carnell's side have taken the tournament by the scruff of the neck by scoring seven unanswered goals in those two games to top the standings after three rounds.
However, they know that they face a tricky hurdle in Bloemfontein without the benefit of being the underdogs.
"We have gone from being underdogs to the leader of the pack, those two wins have given us confidence and momentum but they have also earned us the respect of the other teams so we will need to shift our attitude.
"We know that Kovsies are a tough side - they beat Bloem Celtic in a preseason game, so we will have to be at our best," said Carnell.
The two sides play a similar possession-based style, and Carnell said that thwy may need to tweak their approach to get through the Kovsies defence.
"They are very strong through the middle, so we might have to put a few balls over the top or explore the wide channels a bit more," he said.
Kovsies coach Godfrey Tenoff knows that his side will have to work hard to continue the momentum they have built up in the last few weeks in what will be a hard-fought battle.
Both teams are very solid defensively, having conceded just two goals each this season and he pointed out that it will be down to which team takes their chances best.
"The game is likely to be decided on a moment of creative brilliance, so that is our main challenge," he said.
UFS-Kovsies Squad: 1 Serasengoe Moodie, 4 Marathodi Phillies, 13 Tsoeu Mphezulu, 19 Jarred Meyer, 20 Dumisani Tjomelane, 15 Themba Zimo, 23 Mongezi Mologovane, 11 Lehlohonolo Mokoena, 7 Walter Phori, 24 Dylan O’Brien, 6 Manxubandile Bantshi, 3 Unathi Mabandla, 2 Khauhelo Kholotsa, 16 Lehlohonolo Thaele, 14 Glen Rikhotso, 12 Kakudi Moreleba, 10 Simon Modupi, 9 Jay Jay Groenewald.
UJ Squad: 1 Trent Harrison, 22 Wisdom Mathebula, 21 Grant Bruchhausen, 6 Lwazi Nogenga, 5 Lerato Tleane, 23 Tebogo Mandyu, 11 Tshepo Tolo, 7 Ruben De Freitas, 13 Sandro Claro, 18 Ponshu Nyathi, 17 Karl Clements, 16 Mduduzi Khumalo, 2 Matthew Edwards, 9 Lumkile Dava, 19 Ruwell Jagger, 8 Brian Monyonye, 20 Steven Sibanyoni, 15 Omphile Majwafi.
Date: Monday, August 11
Venue: Shimla Park, Bloemfontein