OGs begin Gold Cup hunt

HARARE - Zimbabwe rugby representatives Old Georgians (OGs) will begin their Gold Cup campaign with a home tie against Raiders of South Africa in Harare on Saturday.

The Gold Cup is South Africa Rugby’s flagship three-nation champions’ league of non-university clubs.

After participating in their maiden Gold Cup campaign last year, OGs head coach Grant Mitchell has set his charges a modest but difficult target of reaching the tournament’s quarter-final stage this time around.

OGs finished third in Pool C in their maiden campaign last season on eight points after winning two and losing the same number of games.

“As usual the draw is a tough one and we expected nothing less,” said Mitchell recently after the draw for the group stages was conducted in Johannesburg.

“This competition only allows for the best of what South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe have to offer at club level.

“We have set our goal of qualifying for a quarter-final spot this year and we believe in the process to achieve this.”

If the Groombridge-based side reach the last eight, this will set the local side on a pedestal to put their hands on the nine-carat gold trophy.

The trophy according to the South Africa Rugby Union was crafted in 1929 by London-based royal jewellers Mappin & Webb, to whom it was returned last month for the first time in 88 years so that it could be restored it to its former glory.

“It is amazing to begin the campaign at home as it is a familiar place. However, there’s the added pressure of expectation to deliver but we are aware of this and managing it accordingly,” Mitchell said.

“The matches are never won on the day, they are won over time through continued preparation. We have numerous targets that are both performance based and brand based.

“Obviously we are targeting a win in every game; we are in this tournament to compete at all costs.

“Off the field we have a responsibility to showcase and spread the brand of Old Georgians Rugby and that of Zimbabwe Club Rugby.

“We look forward to sharing our journey with spectators and the rugby public at large.”

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