OLD Georgians face their first stern test when they play rivals Harare Sports Club at Old Georgians Sports Club as the National Rugby League resumes this weekend.
Old Georgians, who finished as runners-up last season got off to an emphatic start to the 2014 season when they creamed Mutare Sports Club 86-3 while Harare Sports Club, also on a league title campaign, were hammering Zvishavane Bulls 86-0 on the same day.
The two teams meet in a potentially explosive match which will bring out the best out of both sides.
Both teams have enough depth with Sportivo (Harare Sports Club) boasting of the likes of Daniel Hondo, speedy winger Stephen Hunduza, hooker Tolerance Zishe, fly-half Tawanda Shonhiwa and lock Ashley Mabhena. Old Georgians captain Jacque Leitao is expected to lead his team consisting of prop Piet Joubert, flanker Edson Muyambo, hooker Kudzi Muzorewa, full-back Kuda Chiwanza and wingers Tafadzwa Mutodi and Eldrige Mudzonga.
At Hartsfield Rugby Ground, Western Panthers will take on Gweru Sports Club in what promises to be another explosive encounter.
Gweru Sports Club, like Panthers, have won one match and lost one in the league. Zwelonke Mloiswa, the Gweru Sports Club coach said they were expecting an exciting match against Panthers.
“They are a strong side. They beat us by three points last season at home, but we are hoping to beat them this time around. We respect the team because they play similar rugby to us. They do not have a big scrum just like us and we expect a fairly balanced match. It will be exciting,” he said.
Panthers player-coach George Mukorera said: “They are quite a good side and they have improved significantly.
“They have a strong backline that includes Cheetah’s player Kelvin Magunje and Zwelonke (Mloiswa). They hold the team and are probably going to give us a tough time. We have quite a few injuries in the team.”