It’s ‘do or die’ for Collegians and Rovers in Murray Cup quarters

2014-08-14 00:00

THE Murray Cup quarter-finals start this weekend with a massive clash to be played on King’s Park 3, where Rovers play host to neighbours Durban Collegians.

Rovers will be looking for revenge after Collegians beat them twice in the regular season and claimed the Moor Cup for the first time in eight years.

The game is “do or die” according to Collegians head coach Robin Swanepoel, though he shied away from considering the game an early final, even though both teams are favourites to win it.

“It is knockout rugby and any­thing can happen. It’s a big derby but not a final,” said Swanepoel.

Rovers Director of Rugby Bryan Bateman believes the match is a chance for his side to get back to their best.

“Its an important competition for the club. To win it, you must beat the best and this weekend we have an opportunity to do that,” he said.

The clubs are basically neighbours at King’s Park, but Rovers will be happy to be at home.

“Home ground advantage, even though we are only a couple of hundred meters apart, is a factor,” Bateman said.

Bateman added that his side will need to nullify a strong Collegians pack who have “been efficient all season”.

Unfortunately, there can only be one winner and one of the two Durban club rugby heavyweights will bow out of the competition come Saturday evening. There are a couple of other big clashes between Premier division clubs, while Richards Bay are the only team from the First division who will compete on Saturday.

The team from up the coast travel to Northwood Crusaders in what will be a tough ask for the visiting side.

Varsity College host Pietermaritzburg Collegians at Riverside Sports Club. This will be a big clash as Pietermaritzburg will be looking to show the other Premier Division clubs that they are no push-overs. Varsity College are a strong outfit and will fancy themselves at home.

Lastly, Amanzimtoti play hosts to UKZN Impi.

Both sides notched up impressive wins in the qualifying round of the cup.

Toti are a good side with a burly pack, which could prove a handful for Impi.

All the first team fixtures kick-off at 3 pm.

Fixtures (start at 3 pm):

College Rovers vs Durban Collegians at Rovers (King’s Park 3)

Crusaders vs Richards Bay at Crusaders

Amanzimtoti vs UKZN Impi at Amanzimtoti

Varsity College vs Pietermaritzburg

Collegians at Riverside Sports Club.

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