There will be no shortage of confidence at the field of the University of the Western Cape (UWC) where the hosts will make their first appearance in this season’s Super League A.
After winning the Varsity Shield for the first time last week, Chester Williams’ boys will be looking to continue their winning ways when they host Brackenfell on Saturday.
Their visitors, though, have proven in the past that they are no pushovers and have already played two matches in the current campaign – a morale-boosting 43-29 win over SK Walmers and a close 26-24 defeat to big guns Hamiltons.
Scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies, who was included on the bench of the Varsity Cup Dream Team, and his teammates will be in action again next Wednesday when they host Ikeys in Bellville.
And with two games in the space of five days, player-management will be key for Williams as they look to make an impact on this year’s top league.
Hamiltons, meanwhile, have not had the best of starts to their campaign.
After a 10-10 draw against defending champions False Bay, they battled to get the better of Brackenfell.
This weekend, though, they face another potential banana skin in Parow NNK at the Stephen Oval.
Wilbur Kraak’s men have been working hard behind the scenes in Parow and will be looking to stamp their authority on the league with what would be a big upset.
The potential upset, though, won’t be the biggest of the season so far.
That honour already belongs to Isma-eel Dollie and his team from Milnerton after UniMil beat Durbell 49-38 in the opening weekend of the season.
Dollie and his side will know that catching teams off-guard won’t happen that easily again.
And when they host SK Walmers at Theo Marais Park on Saturday, they will have to bring their best game in order to enhance the reputation they have built in Week One of the fledgling campaign.
False Bay, meanwhile, host UCT at the Philip Herbstein Stadium – a match the defending champions will have to win if they want to open their win account after playing to a draw against Hamiltons.
It’s at the Durbanville Sports Club where Ricky Petersen’s Tygerberg will smell blood when they tackle Durbell.
After their shock defeat to UniMil, Bobby Joubert’s 2015 national club champs will be hurt.
The Tiere, though, will look to feed on the insecurities at Durbell and after a 41-0 win over Pniel Villager in their only game to date, Tygerberg will fancy their chances against their hosts.