Old Georgians call off NRL tie

HARARE - The National Rugby League (NRL) enters into week seven this weekend, but former champions Old Georgians have requested the postponement of their match against Gweru Sports Club after contributing three key players to national duty.

Table topers Old Hararians are on the highway this weekend and travel to Zvishavane to square off with bottom-placed Zvishavane Bulls.

Zvishavane Bulls have found the going tough in the topflight and are still without a win.

The Midlands outfit is coming off from a 107 -7 annihilation at the hands of defending champions Harare Sports Club.

They are likely to struggle again especially upfront and set pieces.

Their forward pack is quite smaller than their opponents and have in adequate scrimmage techniques.

They will also have to maintain their discipline in the tight exchanges if they are to emerge with their reputation intact.

OH will bank on utility back Lungile Tshuma,  who has been a genuine game breaker in 2013.

He has the ability to utilise  the tinniest of gaps will  likely be key  in the match.

The former Zimbabwe youth international is a joy to watch for the neutral fan, with his elegant running style and silk skills.

The current leading point scorer and OH skipper Tichafara Makwanya’s mercurial boot is likely to be called in action when needed .

Meanwhile, Old Miltonians are in high spirits after morale boosting win over Old Georgians last weekend.

They will be hoping to carry the momentum into this weekend when they face Matabeleland Warriors, who are slowly finding their feet in 2013.

The match will be played at Hartsfields Ground in Bulawayo. It promises to be an explosive one as well.

Harare Sports Club host Western Panthers in a tricky assignment.

Both teams like to play a running game.

HSC’s tight five is likely to have a huge say in the match if they can manage to dominated set pieces and supply their quick backline clean ball.

They are likely to outclass Panthers, who tend to commit a lot of men at the break down when defending and often creates huge over laps for the attacking team.

Former champions Old Georgians, who got a rude awakening in their last outing when they suffered a 24-21 loss to OMs have opted to save themselves from further misery and have chosen to exercise  their right by calling of this weekend match against Gweru Sports Club.

The former champions are missing three players, Jacques Leitao, Fortune Chipendo and Mike Morris, who are away in Moscow for the Rugby World Cup Sevens. 

"The league law stipulates if a team is missing three players  or more  due to national commitments they have a the right to request the fixture to be moved to  a later date,” NRL chairman Noddy Kanyangarara said.