17 July 2010

Zimbabwe: Clash of the Titans

Harare — A CLASH of the titans is on the cards today as Harare Sports Club plays Old Hararians in what promises to be a crunch rugby match at Sports Club today.

The two giants clash in the final of the Harare Province Challenge Cup and the match will be the curtain-raiser of the Sables/Kenya game in the Tri-Nations Cup.

The game starts at 1:15pm before the Sables and Kenya take to the field at 3.30 pm.

Harare Sports Club coach Nsikelelo Sibanda said some of his players will miss the final as they are playing for the Sables.

Sibanda expects the final against OH to be very tough.

"It is going to be a tough match since some of our players are in the Sables squad. The team always changes with each game they play so that we get the players we feel are the best to play in a particular match. We have no specific place for players in the game.

"The match will be good and interesting for both the players and the fans," said Sibanda.

The final local derby is expected to generate much interest and excitement and Harare Sports Club's team manager Simbarashe Khaka is expecting a good game.

"We are expecting a tough match because Sports Club is a very good team and obviously they want to win the game. My boys will play hard so that we win the final. Old Hararians are coming together slowly and we are aiming to lift the cup.

"We have a big squad and this will give the coach a hard time to select the final team because only 22 will get the opportunity to feature in the Challenge Cup final. Tatenda Murwira and Pangwani Fazibo got injured last week but we hope to see them in the final," Khaka said.

Old Hararians managed to qualify for the final after dismissing District Dragons 9-5 in a match that both sides struggled to cross the try line in a low- scoring match.

The Old Boys, however, tipped the pendulum in their favour, courtesy of three penalties by Charles Jiji while Dragon's Josh Rowe scored the only try of the match that went unconverted for the side's only points of the game.

"We made sure we trained hard on Thursday and Friday.

"So we are ready for the game. Although we were a little bit disappointed with the final scoreline when we played District Dragons, a win is a win," said Old Hararians player Ronnie Tonderai.

OH's second team's dream for a final appearance was shattered after they were thrashed 53-5 by rivals Sports Club.

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