HARARE – Old Hararians Coach Cyprian “Supa” Mandenge is optimistic about his team’s chances ahead of tomorrow’s Lion Lager National Rugby final against bitter rivals Old Georgians.
Mandenge does not see imposing the OGs pack of forwards, who have been rampant all season, as a huge threat to their quest of lifting the coveted trophy for the first time since 2005.
He told Daily News: “Our forwards have been criticised a lot in the manner they have been playing week in week out. But we have been doing enough to win every game. This final is like any other game. We will not employ any particular game plan against them.”
“We just need to be tidy at the back, disciplined upfront and focus on ball retention if we are to win. I think we have worked enough during the week in some of the grey areas we have been struggling in and our chances are good.”
The Old Boys mentor could not single out any player from his side that could be instrumental in this epic clash. He said: “As OH we play as team and we have been doing that all season, unlike other teams who rely on individual play.”
These two sides have contrasting game plans.
The Green Machine likes to run the ball a lot as it suits them more .They have got a lot of skilful backline players such as of utility back Tangai Nemadire and wing Gardner Nechironga, who can penetrate any defence at will.
OGs are very forward-oriented and they like to use their big boys a lot, who are hard to contain when they play it tight, employing the now customary pick and drive tactic. It promises to be another explosive encounter between these two foes.