Murray rallies Old Georgians

HARARE - Old Georgians (OGs) captain Keith Murray has rallied his charges to put up a good fight when they host visiting South African side False Bay in Groombridge this afternoon when the Isuzu Rugby Series roars to life.

After a dominant last three years in domestic rugby, OGs finished the 2018 season behind Harare Sports Club.

However, Murray’s side has been given the opportunity to finish the year on a high by taking on the reigning Gold Cup champions in a two-legged series sponsored by Autoword (Isuzu) to the tune of $15 000.

“I think they’re (OGs players) expecting to do well; we have put on the hard work the last few months,” Murray said.

“It’s obviously a level up from the rugby we have been playing and we weren’t as successful as we would have liked in the season so I suppose it’s a good way for us to finish the year off and just to show our fans and everyone in the country what we are capable of.

“Obviously they (False Bay) are current Gold Cup champions; they did very well last year. We did play them two years ago here in Zimbabwe; unfortunately we didn’t win that one, it was a close encounter though.

“But I think we are aware of what they will bring and we are confident in our guys, I think we have got the calibre of players to cause a bit of an upset.”

Murray welcomed the opportunity of playing high-level opponents which will help the OGs brand grow.

“I think in the future when we looking at the development of rugby these tours are crucial,” he said.

“It’s huge for the development of players, for their morale to know that all the hard work that they are putting in every week goes towards tours like these and games like these.”

OGs head coach Grant Mitchell said the series is a good opportunity for the players to raise their hands and be counted and claim a stake in the side ahead of the 2019 season.

“I think it’s a greater opportunity for any player whether it’s Jacques Leitao who has played over 100 games for the club or a player playing his second or third game for the club,” Mitchell said.

“It’s a great occasion to wear the jersey at any stage of the season and even greater occasion to wear the jersey in an event like this.

“It’s not a common thing to happen with the incoming team from whatever country so a fantastic event, fantastic opportunity.

“The fact that it’s False Bay, who are Gold Cup defending champions, makes it an even greater spectacle; a spectacle for the OGs supporters but a spectacle for the Zimbabwe rugby supporters as well.”

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