'We need to be smarter'

HARARE - Old Georgians (OGs) coach Grant Mitchell has urged his charges to be clinical in their display if they are to triumph over Durban Collegians in a Saru Gold Cup rugby match set for their home ground this afternoon.

The reigning Zimbabwe rugby champions sit in fourth place in Pool C with four points from two matches after winning one and losing one in their maiden participation in the tournament. Last weekend, OGs lost at home to log leaders Direct Axis False Bay 25-38. A win in today’s encounter will see them leapfrog their opponents Durban Collegians who currently sit in third place with seven points.

“We assessed ourselves and it is clear that we need to be a lot smarter and clinical with our decision making and levels of accuracy in high pressure moments.

“At this level accuracy and attention to detail counts for a lot,” Mitchell tells the Daily News.

“On shortcomings, the challenge for the team is in the application of these work-ons under pressure during the match. There has to be a successful transfer from training paddock to match pitch.”

OGs will be missing the services of their starting lock Richard Wild due to a broken nose suffered during last weekend’s match against False Bay and in comes Moses Gunda who is set to make his first start.

“ . . . young . . . Gunda earns his first start. Regular outside centre David McWade moves to the bench and young Shingi Katsvere (who was outstanding last week) will add impetus in the midfield alongside Boyd Rouse.”

“We take each match as it comes. Prepare accordingly and review.

“There is no point in looking ahead of what’s in front of us right now.”

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