Moor Cup Round 2 preview

After a successful opening round of Fidelity Security Moor Cup, which saw all teams participate on the Kings Park outerfields, the Premier division clubs are back on home soil. The second round kicks off when Amanzimtoti make their first ever top flight home debut against Varsity College RFC down on the South Coast. Toti got their campaign of to a great start with a convincing 40-7 victory over FNB Ukzn Impi and they will be hoping to impress in what is expected to be a boisterous home crowd.

Toti head coach, Jeff Harper, was delighted with the team's opening round performance and was relishing their much anticipated home debut. He also warned against complacency creeping in his team.

"We have had a good build up with some injured players coming back into the fold," he said. "It is going to be a special moment for us and the supporters as we make our first home debut in this competition." "We are not going to get ahead of ourselves and we know they are a young team with potential, so we expect a tough match. The average age in our team is about 26, so we are also quite a youngish team. We looking to build our confidence and I would be delighted with a victory."

Varsity College scored a valuable bonus point victory in their opening game against Pmb Collegians and will be hoping for a good showing against Toti. The match is expected to be a close affair.

Thursday evening's other game sees Ricoh Motswako Pmb Collegians take on FNB Ukzn Impi in a Maritzburg derby. The fixture has a long history and with pride at stake, both teams will want to claim bragging rights.

The highlight clash of round two will see Nashua Durban Crusaders hosting the defending champions Jonnson College Rovers on Saturday at Riverside. Incidentally, something different is happening this weekend. In the curtain-raiser to the match, the KZN Women's rugby team will be taking on their Blue Bulls counterparts in an A-section inter-provincial match. The KZN women's team are back in the A-section this year after gaining promotion from the B-section.

Rovers are still reeling from their Cell C Community Cup exit and with the team having played five games in a two week spell, head coach Brian "Beans" Bateman, is concerned ahead of what is expected to be a competitive match.

"Crusaders are a very good team and they were spirited in defeat against Collegians on the opening weekend," he said.

"We need to put the disappointment of the Community Cup behind us and get on with the season. It will be a tough task ahead but I will utilise my squad diligently. I am hoping there might be some players available from the Sharks XV team."

Saturday's other game sees the Zululand Rhinos hosting SA Home Loans Durban Collegians.

The Thursday night games are scheduled to kick off at 20h00.

Saturday's games are to kick off at 15h30.

Ismail Adam