THE first half of the season in the Lion Lager National Rugby League (NRL) draws to an end this weekend with what appears to be a thriller when Matabeleland Warriors square off with their bitter rivals Old Miltonians (OMs) at Hartsfield Rugby Grounds on Saturday.
With the city’s bragging rights at stake, the match promises to be a riveting clash, as both sides will be rallying for a win, having both lost their derby matches against Western Panthers.
Both OMs and Warriors will be oozing with confidence heading to this weekend’s encounter as they both recorded their second wins of the season.
Warriors managed to shake off the accident scare that they experienced earlier this month, to record a convincing win against Gweru Sports Club, beating them 35-10 in they own backyard while OMs put up what was their best performance so far this season, to end Old Georgians’ unbeaten run beating the Harare-based outfit 24-21 at Hartsfield.
The victory by Warriors saw them move up to fifth position on the log standings with 12 points after five games as they are yet to fulfill their cancelled match against Harare Sports Club (HSC) while OMs are sitting on seventh position on the log with 10 points.
OMs coach and player Theo Weale yesterday told Southern Eye Sport that his side will be out to maintain their good streak so as to head into the second half of the season on a high.
“This is the biggest match for us this season and we are looking forward to proving a point to each other as this is a local derby. It is important that our players maintain focus and understand the importance and depth of this weekend’s game,” Weale said.
Meanwhile, Western Panthers have a tricky encounter on the cards this weekend as they travel to Harare to take on the defending champions HSC at the Old Georgians while Old Geogians face off with Gweru Sports Club later on the day at the same venue.
Winless Zvishavane Bulls, who are languishing at the bottom, will be hoping for nothing short of a miracle in their quest for first full set of points for the season when they host a determined second-placed Old Hararians side at Mc Adams Fields.