Collegians in battle of the basement

2013-05-24 00:00

AFTER recent defeats, Maritzburg Collegians and UKZN Impi are desperate to turn things around in Fidelity Security Moor Cup Premier Division matches tonight.

Collegians have the arduous trek to Empangeni to handle before they take the field against Zululand Rhinos — not the ideal build-up to a key match after a hard day’s work. But Didier Claite is positive that the red, black and white will return to the KZN capital as the victors.

“It’s been the best week of training this season,” the Collegians chairperson told The Witness yesterday. “… the boys know that this is a must-win game.”

Indeed, it’s a battle of the basement — Collegians are just three points ahead of the last-placed Rhinos — and defeat would be a massive blow for either side, who would have targeted this clash as a must-win as soon as the fixtures were published. Adding further spice is that neither side has won in six outings.

The Impi, meanwhile, face their fourth consecutive tough game when they tackle Varsity College at 8 pm at Riverside Sports Club in Durban North and will be determined to turn their recent ill-fortune around.

That said, tonight’s most attractive match is undoubtedly that between log-leaders College Rovers and second-placed Durban Collegians on King’s Park 10.

FIXTURES

Tonight – Prem Div (8 pm unless stated): Dbn Collegians vs College Rovers; Varsity College vs UKZN Impi; Harlequins vs Crusaders; Zululand Rhinos vs PMB Collegians (8.30 pm). 1st Div South (8 pm unless stated): Toti vs UKZN Durban; Ballito Dolphins vs Jaguars; Richards Bay vs Westville Old Boys (8.30 pm); Hillcrest vs South Coast Warriors (8.30 pm). U20A Div (8 pm unless stated): Dbn Collegians vs Rovers (6.30 pm); Quins vs Saders; Jags vs UKZN Durban; Varsity College vs UKZN Maritzburg.

Prem Div log (all played 6): 1 College Rovers 30 pts; 2 Dbn Collegians 29 pts; 3 Crusaders 20 pts; 4 Varsity College 16 pts (points difference 52); 5 UKZN Impi 16 pts (PD -5); 6 Harlequins 6 pts; 7 PMB Collegians 3 pts; 8 Zululand Rhinos 0 pts.

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