Exciting Fidelity Security Moor Cup Action

FNB UKZN Impi will be hoping to maintain their perfect start to the season when they host the Zululand Rhinos in round-three of the Fidelity Security Moor Cup. The match is expected to take place at KINGS PARK on Saturday afternoon as the curtain-raiser to the Tharks Super Rugby match providing that there isn't a deluge of rain.

(In the event of the curtain-raiser being cancelled, the matches will be played at UKZN Durban, Howard College grounds at 12:30 and 14:00).

The Rhinos have had a disappointing start to the campaign and coach, Kobus Wernich, is hoping that there is going to be an improved showing from his team. "We know that the Impi are a well prepared team with all the pre-season they've had," he said. "It is going to be a tough challenge but that is what you expect when you are playing in the Moor Cup." Wernich added that his team had prepared well and that, with the exception of a few niggling injuries, he was fortunate the squad was in good shape.

The Impis are full of confidence at the moment after a fantastic bonus-point drubbing of Harlequins last week. They will be hoping to continue with that rich vein of form and extend their unbeaten run to the season.

Elsewhere, there will be no shortage of Fidelity Security Moor Cup action. The Ricoh/Motswako Pmb Collegians clash with Marshall Security Crusaders on Friday evenings promises to be quite an intriguing encounter as both teams have shown early promise, only to be defeated in their opening games.

The respective coaches are aware that there is no room for sentiment in this competition and that converting good performances into log points is all that matters. Both teams have a case to put forward that the log does not do justice to their performances thus far.

Pmb Collegians coach, Renier Bosman, has admitted that it hasn't been the best start to the season and that he is a bit concerned of going another game without victory.

"We are very wary of our opponents and their two performances so far," he said. "This is going to be a big battle for sure. I am hopeful that our boys will be better equipped to handle the uncompromising, wet and windy conditions that await our opponents."

In the remainder of the Friday evening kick-offs (8pm), Varsity College play Durban Collegians in Durban North. The game promises to be an explosive affair and sees two new coaches to their respective teams- Sam Vermaak and Robin Swanepoel, going head-to-head.

Wentworth Oxford Harlequins will be hoping for a drastic improvement in their performance when they take on Jonsson College Rovers. The defending champions will be heavily favoured to walk away with a bonus-point victory over at the Bluff.

-Ismail Adam