NRL returns to the capital

HARARE – Lion Lager National Rugby League (NRL) action returns to the capital this weekend as the battle for fourth semi-final spots continues. Two fixtures are lined up at Groombridge.

In the early kick off, Harare Sports Club will entertain Bulawayo giants Matabeleland Warriors. HSC heads into this match as hot favourites having won the reverse fixture 36-10.

Harare giants are likely to bank on their talisman Teddy Hwata, whose accurate boot and silky skills can be handful.

Veteran centre Daniel Hondo has recovered from his hand injury he suffered in Moscow at the Sevens World Cup and is expected to partner with Simbarashe Chirimuta in midfield.

Their centre pairing can be deadly with ball in hand when they are on song. On the other hand, Warriors will be desperate of a win if they are to salvage any hopes of a semi-final spot.

Second-placed Old Georgians will face Gweru Sports Club in the main match of the weekend.

The Groombridge side currently sit on 50 points and are four points behind log leaders Old Hararians. A bonus point win over Gweru will see them leapfrog their city rivalry.

OGs mentor Grant Mitchell believes his charges can go all the way this season.

“We have the players and the culture to achieve our goals for this season,” the former Zimbabwe flyhalf said.

OGs have been shuffling their team all season, and Mitchell defended his rotation policy.

“In an ideal world, we would love to have a stable team based on consistent selection, but this is an amateur sport and we manage the situation through rotation.”

Mitchell has made four changes to his starting XV. The most notable one is at scrumhalf where David Crouch has been given his second start of the season.

Gweru are now out of the semi-final race after last weekend’s humiliating 05-75 defeat to OGs and will have dig deep if they are to emerge with something from this encounter.

Old Hararians, Western Panthers, Zvishavane Bulls and Old Miltonians all have byes.

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