By Brain Murandu
HARARE Sports Club aim to keep mounting the title challenge when they host Western Panthers of Bulawayo in one of this weekend’s Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) premier league sixth round encount
Sports Club were missing in action for last weekend’s fifth round clash against Old Miltonians due to the unavailabilty of their coach and players who had travelled to South Africa for the Under-21 squad’s tie against Falcons.
Prior to the departure of coach Nsikelelo Sibanda, manager Blessing Chiutare and some players for the South Africa trip, Sports Club were comfortably on top of the log standings.
Sibanda however admitted to IndependentSport that a tie against Western Panthers is always tricky.
“It (tomorrow’s match) should be very close because having been log leaders does not mean the game is easy,” he said.
Sibanda comes up against the wits of last year’s coach of the year Zivanai Dzinomurumbi, now in charge of Panthers.
Surprise log-leaders MCD – last weekend’s 36-6 winners over Mabvuku – host bottom-placed Gweru Sports Club, 7-22 losers at home to University last weekend, in the other tie set for the capital.
Mabvuku clash against University in a curtain-raiser that should be an appetiser for the main match at Sports Club.
Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe’s national sevens squad come under a stern test of character at this weekend’s tournament in Zambia for a ticket to the 2005 Hong Kong Rugby World Cup.
Zimbabwe’s sevens squad players who have been in camp include Panthers’ main man Silethokuhle Ndlovu, Daniel Hondo of Harare Sports Club and the impressive Shabanie mainstay, Augustine Mberi.