Moor Cup Preview

The Fidelity Security Moor Cup is in full swing now and the honeymoon period for all clubs is over. SA Home Loans Durban Collegians are the early pacemakers sitting top of the log - unbeaten on 19 points. This weekend they host Amanzimtoti in what is an eagerly anticipated match. High flying Toti, despite their defeat last weekend to Rovers, have taken the league by storm winning their first three outings with maximum points. They are currently third on the log with 15 points.

Their enterprising rugby has made the division take notice and Collegians will be wary of a potential upset. Two weeks ago Collegians were lucky to escape with a narrow win against Varsity College but they returned to form last week with a rousing victory.

Elsewhere, the Zululand Rhinos will be hoping to put a difficult start to the season behind them when they entertain Varsity College in Emangeni. Rhinos sit bottom of the league and without any points thus far. Their coach, Clinton Woodley, is hoping for a turnaround this weekend.

"It has been a very difficult start, we are not hiding away from that," said Woodley.

"Last week we had up to 9 first team players missing through injury and though we lost, we actually outscored Impi in terms of tries in the second half. The structure and game plan is there and we need to implement it into our play."

Woodley added that self belief amongst the players was very important and the coaching staff were hard at work in instilling it in their players. He said there was not all doom and gloom and that they were hopeful of putting up a good showing this weekend.

Over at Riverside, in-form Nashua Durban Crusaders will be hoping to continue their good form when they play Ricoh Motswako Pmb Collegians. Crusaders have continued to develop from last season and player/coach Ronnie Uys has the forwards playing some sensational rugby. The tight five have been in destructive mood this season and laid the platform for their early season promise.

However Pmb Collegians coach Carel Nel who knows his opponents quite well will be out to make sure his team are competitive.

Jonsson College Rovers will take on FNB UKZN Impi at KP3. Rovers showed their championship credentials last week when they inflicted a first defeat on Toit in front of a partisan South Coast crowd. They will be wary of complacency against the students who are now expected to be back to full strength after resting numerous first team players during the first few rounds of the competition. Coach Matt Reed said that Director of rugby, John Mitchell, had taken the decision and they were now hoping to kick on with their season.

All Fidelity Security Moor Cup games kick off at 15.30 on Saturday.

Ismail Adam