ZVISHAVANE Bulls’ struggle in the National Rugby League continues tomorrow when they face Bulawayo side Western Panthers in a league match at Zvishavane Sports Club with the hope of collecting maximum points.
Bulls have lost all their matches since the start of the season and are still to get off the mark with log leaders Harare Sports Club already 36 points ahead of them.
Chairman of the club Charles Chirongoma said their performance has been poor, but theywere hoping to improve on their player base which will hopefully improve their performance.
“We are poor due to the break that we just had. The problem is that we also do not have a sponsor and it is affecting all of our plans. MSU (Midlands State University) and Mashava (Mine) are opening and we are hoping that we will improve our player base and thereby improve on our performance,” he said.
Zvishavane Bulls, coached by Emmanuel Munyoro, have conceded the biggest scorelines in the league. In their opening match they lost 0-86 to log leaders Harare Sports Club, went on to lose 0-87 to Old Georgians, 19-43 to Gweru Sports Club and 10-74 to Old Miltonians.
The 19 points they scored against the Eagles (Gweru Sports Club) was the biggest they have managed so far. Bulls who are coming from a 3-119 defeat at the hands of defending champions Old Hararians will face Panthers who won their last match 26-20 against Gweru sports Club.
This would be the two teams’ first encounter this season as their match in the first round was postponed to make way for other rugby tournaments.
Panthers player coach George Mukorera said they were going to Zvishavane for nothing but a win.
“We want to go out there and win. We will be without Mayibongwe Ncube and Busani Ncube who are injured, but we will have Slater (Silethokuhle Ndlovu) and Tichaona Mupamhadzi,” he said.
Mukorera said they know that Zvishavane lost their last match and would want to win this one, but they will give them a good game.
“We need to pick up points and catch up with the other teams in the league. We are going to make use of our forwards in this match because we know that Zvishavane are very mobile. We need the maximum points,” he said.
In other matches Old Miltonians who won their last match against Mutare Sports Club would face a tough encounter when they play defending champions Old Hararians at Hartsfield Rugby Ground.
Busters would be in a tough match when they take on Old Georgians at the same venue with Mutare Sports Club and Gweru Sports Club in Mutare.