BLACK Leopards' general manager Sam Khaphathe reckons that their past two defeats in the first round will motivate them to work harder and ensure that they return to their good form.
Khaphathe says that their strength will be put to the test when they host the rejuvenated University of Pretoria at Tshifulanani Stadium in Thohoyandou on Saturday. Kickoff is at 3.30pm.
David Thidiela's troops are second in the National First Division Inland Stream with 11 points from seven matches, a point behind log leaders African Warriors.
"The defeats were an eye-opener for us," Khaphathe says. "It is better to find a steep hill at this stage of the league than lose the points towards the end of the season.
"We played well during our opening five matches, only to lose the plot in the last two games.
"The boys have prepared well for this encounter, they are ready and victory is certain."
AmaTuks coach Steve Barker says he is happy that his boys are gradually finding their rhythm and he believes they will be candidates for promotion at the end of the season.