HARARE – Old Georgians coach Grant Mitchell has called on his players to stick to their guns in their quest to be crowned Lion Lager National Rugby League champions at the expense of Old Hararians.
The two teams clash in the NRL final tomorrow.
The Groom bridge based side, just like the Green Machine, come into Saturday’s final carrying only one loss this season and on the back of impressive semi-final victories over Matabeleland Warriors and Harare Sports Club.
Mitchell’s side has gained a reputation for their solid structure and huge pack of forwards who can dominate.
OH had at a taste of OGs’ solid pack back during the round robin stage where they literally had no answers for their monstrous rolling maul, which sucked in a lot of defenders and were also dominated at the breakdown.
OGs are likely to employ the same physical game against an opponent likely to stick to flair and pace.
The halfback pairing of Boyd Rous and Ian Armstrong, who have been on song throughout this season are likely to have another big say in this encounter.
“(We need) to ensure that we do the simple things well and to trust in our trained systems and policies,” Mitchell told the Daily News yesterday.
Mitchell won the NRL final in his first year as OGS coach in 2011 and would love to add another feather to his cap by leading his side past OH this Saturday.
He said he expects another tough mental challenge for his players when they take to the field against the former Glamour Boys of Zimbabwe rugby.
“This game will be between two talented teams that will need to be accurate and mentally strong for the challenge. If not, then you will struggle.”