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Champs Tuks Have Their Tails Up

UP-Tuks skipper Robin Swartz believes the momentum his team built up in their demolition of NMMU will be vital in their semifinal in Mafikeng.

The Pretoria side were rampant in the replay of last year's final, as they dumped the Madibaz out of the competition and set up a showdown with NWU.

UP-Tuks beat NWU twice last season - home and away - and the two sides played out a thrilling 2-2 draw when they met in Pretoria earlier this season.

Swartz says that his sides took some important lessons from that game, which he believes could give them the upper hand once more in Mafikeng.

"We took a 2-0 lead and then let them back into the game, if you look at our win over NMMU on Monday we kept going so we learned some lessons in that game," he said.

Swartz was injured in that game and will only be fit for the final if UP-Tuks win on Monday, but he will be in Mafikeng to offer his advice.

"Obviously they have their notorious home ground support there, but we are confident that we are peaking at the right time and we have a lot of momentum as a team," he said.

Another encouraging aspect of their win against NMMU was the clean sheet, as they have had their share of defensive problems this season.

"Our defence has been uncharacteristically weak, with the positive being that we have scored a lot of goals, but it was good to get a clean sheet against NMMU.

"Both teams will be confident heading into this game considering our draw and the way we played last week so it should be a great game," Swartz added.

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