Moor Cup Preview

The main contenders for the Fidelity Security Moor Cup are beginning to show their hand as the championship enters the sixth round this weekend. SA Home Loans Durban Collegians are the early pace-setters on 24 points after maintaining their one hundred percent record with their fifth straight win last week over Toti. They are followed closely by Jonsson College Rovers on 21 points and Crusaders on 19.

It is looking increasingly likely that these three teams are going to challenge for top honours this season. This week Varsity College host the defending champions Rovers at Riverside. It has been a stop-start season for Varsity College having recorded two victories from their five outings this season. They showed plenty of promise when they almost defeated Collegians recently and they will be dangerous opposition this weekend. However, coach Ian Adendorff has been dealt a huge blow ahead of their fixture with up to eight first team regulars ruled out due to injuries and compassionate leave.

"Players missing from this weekend's game has come at the worst possible time," said Adendorff.

"Up to eight first team players are out including Vodacom Cup guys. We have resorted to giving players from the U-20s a chance. They have a lot of potential and we hope to keep building for the future with this group."

Adendorff added that they were still going through a trial and error learning period integrating the youngsters into the team.

Rover coach Brian "Beans" Bateman has been pleased with the team's recent performances and while he expected further improvement, he exercised caution ahead of this weekend's fixture.

Bateman said: "The side has been coming along nicely and we are pleased with the improvement. We are aware that Varsity College pushed Collegians very close in their match with them, therefore we need to be wary of this team. They can be very dangerous on their day and are a very competent outfit."

SA Home Loans Durban Collegians are hosting FNB UKZN Impi at KP10. Collegians are unbeaten this season although having had some hiccups in their performances along the way. Robin Swanepoel will be hoping his charges maintain their momentum ahead of the clash with the Maritzburg students. The students are showing signs of improvement after a return of numerous Varsity Shield players into their team.

Elsewhere, the very dangerous looking Nashua Durban Crusaders will be hoping to gain maximum points when they host bottom of the log Zululand Rhinos.

Over at Woodburn, Ricoh Motswako Pmb Collegians take on Amanzimtoti.

All games are scheduled to kick off at 15.30 on Saturday.

Ismail Adam