HARARE – Leaders Old Georgians have chosen to stick to the basics and not let their Saru Gold Cup final triumphant over Old Hararians get in their way as they chase the Harare League Championship.
OGS overcame OH 39-20 in the Gold Cup final qualifier last weekend at Morris Depot to win the rights to represent the country in South Africa in September this year.
This afternoon they face the same opposition in their own backyard hoping to consolidate their pole position.
Head coach Grant Mitchell said: “ The mood is a healthy combination of excitement and responsibility. The players were relieved to have achieved the first objective and it was great to see the immediate reaction to accepting the next stage of the challenge.
“As Old Georgians Rugby Club we are immensely proud to be in this position. The club (players, management, coaching staff and sponsors) have worked tirelessly to achieve the qualification slot into the 2016 Gold Cup. Change is a process and it takes time, we knew the extent of the work that had to be done, and the Club was willing to invest long term to meet these objectives.”
The former Cheetahs coach said representing the country at the Gold Cup will be a huge challenge.
“The greater challenge to what we have achieved is that of representing Zimbabwe Club Rugby as a whole in the Gold Cup,” he said.
“We are well aware of this responsibility and the club will work hard to helping put Zimbabwe Club Rugby on the regional map. With this in mind we are extremely grateful to Saru and the ZRU for the collaborative work they have done to give Zimbabwe Club Rugby this opportunity.
“The objectives remain the same and this helps develop continuity in preparation throughout the entire OGS Rugby Squad. Irrespective of who we play the squad prepares to meet the high standards they set.
“This is an exciting challenge as it gives further impetus to the league as a whole and we hope that the remainder of the season will be full of great matches and great rugby on show from a Club Rugby perspective. For us as a club it simply means we get back to the training ground, back in the gym and keep our heads down and work hard.”
OGs welcome back to their squad Zimbabwe Under-20 prop Farai Liogo, who was out after a concussion, Kuda Chiwanza (harmstring), and Kyle De Beer (work commitments.)
“They all add value to the broader squad and this breeds competition for places which is healthy,” Mitchell said.