UNIVERSITY are in the hunt for their first win in the Thrifty Cup rugby union competition this Saturday, when they host Colts at Uni.
The two teams only met two weeks ago and only 10 points separated them, Colts the victors.
At the start of the season, Uni were having some cricket scores posted on them, so their improvement is obvious.
Uni coach David "Hap" Holzl has worked tirelessly with his young side to improve their competitiveness and it could be about to pay back.
"Colts only got us by 10 points and we were right in that match," Hap said.
"We have really improved and some of young players are really starting to get it, get stuck in and understand what we are trying to achieve and how to go about it."
Two players who are starting "to get it" for Uni are outside centre Andrew Parker and big No.8, Josh Wells.
Both are Rockhampton Grammar School graduates and have been a real plus for the students this year.
"Josh is a big unit," Hap explained.
"He really adds some muscle to our pack and our set pieces and gives us good go forward in the losses.
"And defensively, well, he is very strong. He is not afraid. He will tackle anyone."
Another young recruit, all the way from Canada, is also starting to make his mark.
Uni five eighth Trevor Canton has quickly adapted to the structured game plan Hap has instilled in his young team.
"Trevor has really hit his straps," Hap said.
"He wasn't so used to playing a structured game but he has picked it up very quickly.
"His ball distribution is fast and clean, he moves our pack around nicely and he reads the game very well. His improvement has been outstanding."
Significantly increasing Uni's chances of victory is the return of Uni captain Rory Cremin.
"He's back for us this week," Hap said.
"And that is just such a huge bonus for us. Rory leads from the front."