By Quintin van Jaarsveld
The Fidelity South Coast Warriors will want to make the most of their clash with a struggling UKZN side in Durban on Saturday (3.30pm kick-off).
It will be another important weekend in the Warriors’ First Division South Section campaign as they could, with a bit of luck, return to the top of the table.
The Warriors’ 27-13 bonus-point win over Westville last weekend moved them up to second place on the log on 24 points.
The Uvongo-based side are just a solitary log point behind Richards Bay, who moved into pole position, with former table toppers Harlequins temporarily dropping to third place due to their bye.
Quins, on 24 points, remain unbeaten and square off with Richards Bay in a vital encounter this weekend. A draw between these sides would be the most favourable result for the Warriors, as a victory over UKZN would then see them reclaim top spot.
UKZN have endured a torrid season to date and sit seventh in the eight-team First Division South Section, having won just one of their six matches.
Warriors coach Christo Henderson said while they will be hunting a bonus-point win, they don’t expect to simply pitch up and get the points.
“We are well positioned on the log and are well aware of what a good result could mean for us this weekend,” Henderson told eHowz!t.
“Bonus points are very important as we need to stay in touch with Harlequins and Richards Bay. We still have the second half of the season to come but if we stay focused, we know we can win the league.
“Having said that, UKZN are very unpredictable and can surprise any team on any given day if you don’t stamp your authority on the match early on, so like we have done every weekend, we take the game very seriously and will make sure we are on top form this weekend.
“They are always a tough side to beat at home and they won’t do us any favours this weekend, so we expect a physical and fast-paced game on Saturday.”
An area of their game the Warriors will be out to improve against UKZN is their discipline after conceding no less than four cards and a string of penalties in their last two games.
“We’ve addressed our discipline in training this week and we’re confident we’ll be accurate in this department on Saturday,” said Henderson.
The Warriors second team will be looking to make it three wins on the bounce in the curtain raiser at 2pm.