Moor Cup Preview

The race for the Fidelity Security Moor Cup championship is heating up nicely. Round 10 commences with Nashua Durban Crusaders hosting FNB UKZN Impi in Durban North.

Crusaders were thoroughly beaten by Rovers last weekend and will be looking to bounce back. They have had a promising season thus far and coach Ronnie Uys will be hoping the heavy defeat was just a one-off game. Crusaders are currently third on the log with 24 points although they have a game in hand.

The game of the weekend could well be at Riverside as Varsity College FC host SA Home Loans Durban Collegians. The home team will be bouyed by having the likes of Cell C Sharks stalwarts Odwa Ndungane and Jacques Botes in their starting line-up. This promises to be a high quality affair as Collegians will be fielding the likes of Heimar Williams, Fred Zeilinga and Francois Kleinhans in their line-up.

They are unbeaten this season and coach Robin Swanepoel is exercising caution ahead of their tricky encounter.

He said: 'We are concentrating on keeping our structures right and keep the momentum going. We had an extremely difficult encounter against them in first round and were lucky to win. I hope that will serve as a reminder against complacency setting in. The win is our utmost priority. We are not worrying about any other permutations regarding bonus points and so forth."

Elsewhere, a rejuvenated Ricoh Motswako Pmb Collegians take on defending champions Jonsson College Rovers at Woodburn. Pmb Collegians had a good victory last weekend in the derby against Impi and with the likes of Dale Chadwick and Wiehahn Herbst in their line-up, they will want to remain competitive against an in-form Rovers.

"We are up against a top team who look like they have hit top form again," said Pmb Collegains coach Carel Nel. "It's taken us a while but the belief in the players is showing again. It's never going to be easy against Rovers but hopefully the likes of Wiehahn and Dale will inspire the rest of the team to raise their performances."

Amanzimtoti will be hoping to bounce back from their recent slump when they play Zululand Rhinos in Toti. They are always a dangerous proposition on their home patch and will be hoping to secure a morale-boosting victory over a struggling Rhinos team.

The Crusaders game kicks off on Thursday night with the remainder of the games scheduled for Friday night.

Ismail Adam