Moor Cup Preview

This season's most eagerly-anticipated Fidelity Security Moor Cup match has finally arrived. Jonsson College Rovers host great rivals SA Home Loans Durban Collegians in the top of the table clash this Saturday at KP3. This is the showcase match of the season and if the table is anything to go by, it is going to be a titanic battle. Collegians sit top of the log on 29 points having recorded six straight victories, boasting a one hundred percent record this season.

They will be well aware that Rovers, who are second on the log on 26 points, will be aiming to put a massive dent to their fantastic start to the season and in the process show their championship credentials.

Rovers head coach Greg Miller said that his team will be determined to put up a good showing despite people saying that they no longer the force they once were.

"There is a lot of talk of us being underdogs this weekend," he said.

"I will admit that we are in a transition period but there is talent at this club and we will always give a good account of ourselves despite word going around that we are the underdogs for this weekend. I would say that we have to win this fixture just like any other game. We definitely want to remain in the title race."

Collegians' coach Robin Swanepoel played down any thoughts that his team are going into the match as slight favourites. "We are not getting ahead of ourselves because we are up against the defending champions," he said.

"They have been the best team in our region and therefore victory would mean a lot to us. We know that it is going to be an extremely tough battle but we will be prepared for them. The fact that they have brought in new players for this game inspires us."

On Friday night, Amanzimtoti will host Nashua Durban Crusaders down on the South Coast. This promises to be an intriguing encounter as both teams are playing enterprising rugby at the moment. Toti took the league by storm earlier this season as they reeled off three straight victories, which, to everyone's surprise, saw them go top of the table. However they have since had a dip in results since then.

They will be hoping to get over their disappointment of going down to Ricoh Motswako Pmb Collegians last week. They are up against formidable opponents in Crusaders whose forwards are a match for any team in the league right now. Crusaders are hot on the heels of the front two teams and they sit third on the log on 19 points with a game in hand. Their coach Ronnie Uys will be hoping for victory in what is expected to be a tightly-contested affair.

Over in Maritzburg, FNB UKZN Impi entertain Varsity College FC. Impi only have one victory from six starts this season which they will blame on numerous Varsity Shield players being unavailable for a large part of the season so far. With most of them back in the frame now, they will be hoping for an improvement against an unpredictable Varsity College FC.

Varsity College have put in two courageous performances this season against Collegians and Rovers, coming very close to upsetting both teams. Their youngsters are showing promise and if they perform like they did last week against Rovers, the Maritzburg students are going to be in for a hard battle. Varsity College are fifth on the log on 11 points with Impi lying second from bottom with six points.

In Empangeni, Zululand Rhinos will be hoping to record their first victory of the season when they host Ricoh Motswako Pmb Collegians who had a morale-boosting victory over Toti last week.

The two Friday night games kick off at 20.00 and on Saturday, the Rovers vs Collegians match kicks off at 14:00 and Rhinos vs PMB Collegians kicks off at 15:00.

Ismail Adam