HARARE – The Lion Lager National Rugby League (NRL) curtain is set to come down this Saturday when former glamour club of Zimbabwe rugby Old Hararians host arch-rivals Old Georgians in a dream final.
These two were the most consistent teams in the 2013 season and only lost one game each.
In the round robin stage they finished first and second respectively. It seems like a match made in heaven as both sides are deserved finalist.
At the weekend, OG got one over Harare Sports Club with a 33-22 victory in the semifinals while OH booked their final berth with a 47-15 win over Matabeleland Warriors.
The Groombridge-based side have a huge shout heading into this showdown as they are the most drilled and conditioned team in the league.
Their pack of forwards have largely been the mainstay of the team as they have bullied every pack in the country all season and were tremendously good at ball retention.
Their backline has gained a lot of clean balls which has allowed them to penetrate a lot of opponents’ defences.
OGs will be aiming to reclaim the title after surrendering it last season to city rivals Harare Sports Club.
Sables fringe player and OGs flyhalf Boyd Rous has been a revelation this season with his flair, vision and accurate boot.
He expects a tough final.
“We are not going to take them (OH) lightly, after missing out on last year’s final we have managed to vindicate ourselves this season,” Rous told the Daily News.
“We just need to work on a few more areas as we struggled a bit in the last 15 minutes against Harare Sports club in the semifinal where we conceded two tries. But the boys are up for the challenge.”
OH have not won the coveted trophy for eight years and are now just 80 minutes away from the title that has eluded them in the past.
The Old Boys coach Cyprian Madenge has been one of the driving force behind the Green Machine’s resurgence.
After the semifinal victory over Matabeleland Warriors, Madenge seemed a bit cautious ahead of this weekend’s final.
“We should not easily get satisfied by just getting in the final. We must it,” Madenge told the Daily News.
“The boys have made a lot of sacrifices for us to be where we are this year. We just need to stay focused and keep our heads between our shoulders.”
It promises to be an explosive clash between these two inform sides.