Impi hoping to keep winning momentum

With three straight victories, it has been a fantastic start to the season for the FNB UKZN Impi. This weekend they make the trip from Pmb to take on Marshalls Security Crusaders in round four of the Fidelity Security Moor Cup.

It promises to be an intriguing encounter with Crusaders, themselves, picking up a morale-boosting victory last weekend. With everyone expecting the defending champions, Jonsson College Rovers, to be on top of the log, the Impi have certainly surprised everyone with their three bonus-point victories which has left them joint top of the log. They will be hoping to continue with the winning momentum on Saturday when they visit Crusaders.

Impi chairman, Roger Sheppard, explained that while he was delighted with the fantastic start to the season, he is by no means putting his head 'up into the clouds'.

"We have had a great start to the season," he said. "However, we are still looking to improve. It is a very young team and we are still rebuilding. We are expecting a tough challenge as we are well aware of our opponent's gutsy performances this season."

Sheppard added that the consistent structures that have been put into place at the club have probably been a key factor this season.

The Crusaders coach, Loedewyk Riekert, was delighted with their victory last weekend and is hoping that they can now build on that performance.

"We played well last weekend and it's nice to have a victory under the belt," he said. "We are aware that their good pre-season has helped their players. We need to be just as sharp as them in this encounter. We are looking to win- that goes for every game."

Riekert also thanked the supporters and their sponsors, Marshall Security and Nashua Mobile, for being an integral part of the club moving forward this season.

Elsewhere, the defending Fidelity Security Moor Cup champions, Jonsson College Rovers, take on Ricoh Motswako Pmb Collegians. Rovers have been clinical again in the opening rounds and they are quietly going about their business with a minimum of fuss.

Head coach, Robert du Preez, is still hurting from their dramatic Community Cup defeat but was pleased with his team's good performance from last week. He said: "We have a good squad and I am looking for continued improvement. I am disappointed with our Community Cup defeat, but we need to concentrate on this (Moor Cup) challenging competition. Everyone wants to beat Rovers. It will be tough against Pmb Collegians."

In the other games, SA Home Loans Durban Collegians will be looking to continue with their unbeaten start to the campaign when they host a struggling Oxford Wentworth Harlequins. The Zululand Rhinos host Varsity College RFC in Empangeni. The Rhinos are also looking for a change in fortune after a difficult start to the current season. The log does not make pretty reading for them and Harlequins. Both teams remain winless are looking to register their first points of the season.

Ismail Adam