Moor Cup Preview

High flying table toppers Amanzimtoti will be hoping to continue their sublime form when they host Jonsson College Rovers in the pick of the fourth round action in the Fidelity Security Moor Cup this Saturday. After pulling off three bonus point wins in a row, Toti have taken the league by storm as they sit top of the log with 15 points.

But they could not ask for a sterner test this coming weekend when Rovers, the division's heavyweight champions make the trip down to the South Coast. Rovers bounced back with a commanding victory last weekend after suffering a shock defeat at the hands of Nashua Durban Crusaders a fortnight ago.

Toti head coach Jeff Harper expressed delight after seeing his team chalk up three wins on the trot but warned his players not to get carried away.

"Three weeks ago if you asked me about this encounter and I would have given a no chance reply," said Harper.

"I would have been looking to limit ourselves to damage control against an excellent Rovers team. However, we have taken a lot of confidence from our previous games and the boys are growing in confidence. We know this will be a massive challenge but with a huge home crowd expected this Saturday I am hoping they can help us."

Harper added that the game will be an emotional one for him as he is a Rovers "oldboy".

Meanwhile at Riverside, Varsity College will do battle with their neighbours Nashua Durban Crusaders in what promises to be a feisty encounter. Both teams have shown promise this season with Crusaders having defeated Rovers and Varsity coming agonisingly close to beating Collegians last week.

Crusaders have been resurgent this season under the leadership of player/coach Ronnie Uys and have been playing some smart rugby. They currently sit fourth on the log with nine points and will be hoping to put on over their neighbours.

After putting up a courageous performance last week, Varsity cannot be taken lightly in what promises to be a hard fought tight affair.

Over in Pietermaritzburg, the FNB UKZN Impi host the Zululand Rhinos in a basement battle. Both teams have begun their campaigns poorly with only defeats so far and no points on the log. A victory in this game would be welcome relief for either of the teams.

Impi coach, Matt Reed, said that they were looking forward to having most of their first team players returning from their layoffs from the Varsity Shield.

"We expected a difficult start to the season after John Mitchell took the decision to give the Varsity Sheild players a rest after the tournament," said Reed.

"It has been a tough start but the anticipation is growing and hopefully by next week we will be back to full strength but for now we want to get off the mark with some points on the table."

The last game sees Ricoh Motswako Pmb Collegians taking on SA Home Loans Durban Collegians at Woodburn. This derby has a long history and Durban Collegians will need to avoid complacency in order to get one over their old rivals.

All Premier Division games are set for 15.30 kick off on Saturday.

Ismail Adam