Maritzburg Collegians need a huge injection of self-belief

2013-06-21 00:00

BY and large, there is no such thing as a free lunch in the Fidelity Security Moor Cup Premier Division, and so it is likely to prove today when the UKZN Impi and Maritzburg Collegians travel to Empangeni and Durban respectively.

Northwood Crusaders’ injection of new players has turned their season around. The fourth-placed Durban North club will be a tough nut to crack for Collegians in the 8.30 pm match at Ranleigh Crescent.

To their credit, seventh-placed Collegians are a better side than their ranking suggests, but it is becoming increasingly difficult to turn that into log points as the pressure to avoid the wooden spoon and a possible relegation match increases.

What Collegians need above all is a big injection of self-belief if they are to begin getting the results they deserve.

The Impi can do their PMB neighbours a huge favour if the arduous afternoon trek to Empangeni can be translated into log points. Zululand Rhinos are bottom of the log, but have a game in hand over Collegians, so the students could shut the home side out.

Not that the Impi need any incentive. A full-house five-pointer could just see the fifth-placed students leapfrog a couple of places on the log.

FIXTURES

Friday — premier division: Durban Collegians vs Varsity College (8 pm at King’s Park); Northwood Crusaders vs PMB Collegians (8.30 pm at Ranleigh Crescent, Durban North); Zululand Rhinos vs UKZN Impi (8.30 pm at Mick Kelly Park, Empangeni). Reserves, curtain-raisers. 1st Division South (8 pm): Amanzimtoti vs South Coast Warriors; Jaguars vs UKZN Durban. Reserves, curtain-raisers.

Saturday — premier division: College Rovers vs Wentworth Harlequins (3 pm at King’s Park). Reserves, curtain-raiser.

PREMIER DIVISION LOG

(Matches played in brackets): 1 Rovers (9) 44 points; 2 Dbn Collegians (8) 31 pts; 3 Varsity College (9) 30 pts; 4 Crusaders (9) 27 pts; 5 UKZN Impi (9) 26 pts; 6 Harlequins (9) 8 pts; 7 PMB Collegians (9) 4 pts; 8 Zululand Rhinos (8) 4 pts.

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