The Warriors will look to utilise their home advantage when they host the Dolphins and the Titans this weekend.
The Eastern Cape side, who sit fourth on the log, lost their opening two matches of the campaign, but recovered well by smashing the Knights on Saturday, and will hope they can take this momentum into their home matches against the Dolphins on Friday and Titans on Sunday.
Warriors coach Malibongwe Maketa is relishing being back in familiar surroundings this weekend, as they look to climb the table by beating the top two teams in the tournament thus far.
‘It’s been a tough start for us in terms of this format, but the win last week really gave us a bit of a boost and we’re encouraged by the fact that the next two games are at home,’ he said.
‘We always recognise the fact that we need to capitalise on home soil and win those games in any tournament you play, so we look forward to a positive weekend.’
Despite the Warriors boasting a superior head-to-head record by beating the Dolphins 13 times in 22 meetings, Maketa remains fully focused on how they deliver on the day.
‘We always take it game by game, and for now we’re preparing solely for the Dolphins,’ Maketa said. ‘So that’s the only thing on our minds and it being at home, makes it easier with our preparations in a familiar environment. Hopefully, we can go out and deliver on the day.’
‘They’ve always been a good side and it’s no surprise that they are top,’ he adds. ‘They have quality international players, but that will encourage us to lift our game.
‘We’ll respect them, but we always enjoy the challenge of facing the sides that are right up there. Winning against them will bring us that little bit closer to the top sides in the table.’