Collegians-Crusaders: Pick of the round

SA Home Loans Durban Collegians will do battle with Marshall Security Northwood Crusaders in the pick of the second-round of Fidelity Security Moor Cup action this Saturday (3.00pm kick off). Last season's Moor Cup runners-up, Collegians, got their campaign off to a victorious start last weekend and they will be hoping to keep that momentum going.

It promises to be an intriguing match as Crusaders were spirited in defeat against Rovers last weekend and they will be hoping to build on that steely performance. The Collegians head coach, Robin Swanepoel, is very wary of the challenge that Crusaders pose.

"We are under no illusions about the task that awaits us this weekend," he said. "Crusaders' performance against Rovers last weekend has given us cause for concern."

Swanepoel added that they plan on approaching every game on its own merit and he explained that the team had worked hard on certain areas and with a long season ahead, he did not want to get ahead of himself.

His counterpart, Lodewyk Riekert (Crusaders), downplayed talk of a possible victory this weekend.

"We have the utmost respect for a good team like Collegians," said Riekert. "I believe that we are the underdogs but we have taken a lot of confidence from our performance from last week."

Riekert added that they have been building from last season and that with a blend of youth and experience, they are in a far better situation compared to this time last season.

With both coaches remaining coy on their respective chances, this match promises to be a tightly-contested affair.

Elsewhere, there will be plenty of Fidelity Security Moor Cup action to keep fans entertained. The defending champions Jonsson College Rovers will be strongly fancied to collect a bonus point victory over the Zululand Rhinos who have had a difficult start to the season.

Varsity College R.F.C will play host to Ricoh Motswako Pmb Collegians and FNB UKZN Impi take on Harlequins at Peter Booysen Park (Pmb) on Friday evening (8.30pm kick-off).

-Ismail Adam