Durbell have a be­lief and a cul­ture that could wash away un­beaten False Bay

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE - DUD­LEY CARSTENS

DURBELL know they’ve got their work cut out for them when they host Su­per League A log lead­ers False Bay in Dur­banville to­day.

Un­beaten head­ing into the clash, False Bay’s only hic­cup to date was a highly en­ter­tain­ing 24-all draw against fel­low ti­tle con­tenders Hamil­tons last month.

As for their op­po­nents, fourth- placed Durbell have only lost one match to date – against SK Walmers back in May – and en­tered the June break on the back of a re­mark­able 55-32 win over Hamil­tons.

Durbell coach Bobby Jou­bert says his team has learnt from their de­feat to Walmers, and adds that their con­fi­dence was boosted by their em­phatic vic­tory over Hamil­tons.

But Jou­bert is fully aware of the chal­lenge that awaits them against the Bay.

“False Bay is at the top of the log for a rea­son and we will have to be at our very best (if we want to beat them). Our guys won’t stand back though,” he said.

“We have be­lief and the guys are busy cre­at­ing their own cul­ture in the team and want to leave their own legacy.”

Jou­bert be­lieves the Bay have the best de­fence on the club scene, and also makes the least amount of un­forced er­rors.

It will be im­por­tant for Durbell not to kick the ball away aim­lessly as Jou­bert warns that wing Danie Roux and full­back Mus­taqeem Jap­pie as the Bay’s big­gest threats on the counter-at­tack.

Jou­bert, though, be­lieves that his Dur­bies out­fit have been op­er­at­ing at roughly 80% of their po­ten­tial up un­til now.

“Our sea­son is a bit dif­fer­ent to that of other clubs be­cause of the Gold Cup. We also started a bit later with our pre-sea­son be­cause of re­struc­tur­ing at the club,” he said.

“False Bay have played more matches than us (dur­ing pre-sea­son), so we are busy grow­ing. We will get there and the de­feat to SK Walmers was a big learn­ing curve for the play­ers,” Jou­bert added.

Durbell, though, are the reign­ing na­tional club cham­pi­ons and re­gard­less of whether they are in a re­build­ing phase or not, Bay vet­eran Rid­haa Damon knows their hosts will come out fight­ing.

“They ( Durbell) are a re­ally strong side and have con­sis­tently been one of our tough­est op­po­nents over the years,” Damon said.

“We have al­ways known them for hav­ing a strong pack of for­wards and hard-run­ning backs, which is a great bal­ance for any team.”

Mean­while, the only other Su­per League A match to­day will take place at the Jan Burger Sports Com­plex in Parow, where hosts NNK will do bat­tle with Bel­har.

Win­less af­ter eight out­ings, NNK are rooted to the bot­tom of the log. So even with­out fly­half Den­nis Cox, who will be on the bench for Western Prov­ince in their Cur­rie Cup match against the Bor­der Bull­dogs, Bel­har should have more than enough fire­power to top­ple their hosts.

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