Daily Dispatch

Club foes ready to do battle

Swallows and Police’s scintillat­ing form sets scene for clash of ages

- MFUNDO PILISO mfundop@dispatch.co.za

East London club rugby fanatics will be treated to the best of local talent when Swallows hosts Police in the much-anticipate­d Border Super League clash at BCM Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Both teams have done exceptiona­lly well in their league commitment­s, winning all three games they have played.

Swallows made the province proud this year when they participat­ed in SA Rugby’s flagship national championsh­ip for nonunivers­ity clubs – the Gold Cup. They managed to reach the semifinals.

Swallows are currently sitting in second spot on the log standings with 15 points, while Police, who have also made an appearance in the Gold Cup, occupy third position on 14 points.

But Swallows coach Ntando Tyson Kebe will have to prove his team has what it takes after losing a number of key players to the Border Bulldogs who are now competing in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge.

Kebe lost talented and experience­d players like Billy Dutton, the Border captain, Onke Dubase, Anele Zweni, Athenkosi Manentsa, and prolific flyhalf Aphiwe Stemele – to mention a few.

“So far we’ve won all our games and that gives us the confidence we need to maintain this positive run,” Kebe said.

“The confidence of the boys is high and they have really upped their game because they’ve seen how toughly contested the league is.”

Kebe conceded that playing against Police, who recently won the Eastern Cape Super 12 rugby tournament for the second time, would be a tough task, but one they are fully prepared for.

“I know Police are competing to win the league title, and we also want to defend our title. We won’t drop the ball now because we’ve taken every game seriously since the season began. It’s not like we are only starting to be focused now.

“All the teams we’ve played so far have given us a run for our money and we’ve managed to overcome them because we didn’t leave anything to chance. We have to go out there and prove once more that we are the better side,” said Kebe.

Swallows president Zuko Matyeshana agreed with Kebe’s sentiments. He said they were planning to win the league and qualify for the Gold Cup back-toback.

“This is the toughest and most important game that we are going to play this season. History has shown that games between Swallows and Police have great rivalry and Saturday won’t be any different. Whoever wants it more will win and I’m sure we want it more than they do because we want to go back to the Gold Cup.

“I’m sure we’ll beat said Matyeshana.

All the teams we have played so far have given our team a run for their money and we have managed to overcome them


 ?? Picture: SIBONGILE NGALWA ?? CATCH ME IF YOU CAN: A Swallows player on the move in a Gold Cup match against Roodepoort at the NU1 stadium.
Picture: SIBONGILE NGALWA CATCH ME IF YOU CAN: A Swallows player on the move in a Gold Cup match against Roodepoort at the NU1 stadium.

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