Dolphins just two wins away from the big time

2011-02-23 00:00

THE KZN Dolphins are just two wins away from the big-time, and they will go into Friday’s Pro20 Series first leg semi against the Warriors quietly confident of doing the business.

It has been a remarkable turnaround for the Dolphins, going from bottom in last year’s competition to top of the pops in this campaign.

The nerve-jangling win over the Lions on Sunday to secure top spot — and home advantage in the third leg semi if it is required — was in keeping with the way the Dolphins do things.

It seldom is easy, but this season’s campaign has seen them finish on the right side of the line enough times to end top of the table.

The crunch, however, comes now and the Dolphins will be looking to raise their game by a few notches to get into the final, which also means entry into the lucrative Champions League later this year.

The Warriors will be no pushovers, though the Dolphins did beat them in East London in the round-robin stages.

Mark Boucher, for one, was particularly irked by the rain delay that saw the Dolphins regain their composure, and the nuggety veteran will be looking to put a few things right.

The Warriors have plenty of match-winning pedigree, but the Dolphins have shown their assortment of young stars, big bashers and dibbly-dobblers have the necessary amount of tenacity to hold their own.

The Dolphins visit the Warriors this Friday for the first-leg semi, while the Cobras and Titans meet in the other semi on Sunday.

The Dolphins then host the Warriors in the return semi next Friday (March 4).

It has been a long road, but Graham Ford’s charges know they are two big performances away from the big time.

Dolphins squad:

Imraan Khan (Captain), David Miller, Devon Conway, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Ahmed Amla, Loots Bosman, Daryn Smit, Kyle Abbott, Jon Kent, Keshav Maharaj, Yasir Arafat, Mthokozisi Shezi and Chad Fortune.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.