The Northern Rugby league has just resumed and this weekend, Eastern Military Garrison Gunners will host Francistown based BDF Ghetto Sharks at Selebi-Phikwe.
Sharks had a good start last week when they narrowly beat UB White Rhinos 3-0 while EMG had an equally low scoring encounter when they drew 3-3 with Gantsi in the rain.
Speaking to Voice Sports this week Sharks manager Rungwe Simasiku said EMG is a strong team that is trained by the Vultures national coach, but his players are ready for the battle.
He added that although some of the players missed practice due to BDF commitments, he was confident that they knew what to do on the field.
“We have signed a new wing Leloba ‘Masinga’ Kgosintwa from BDF Cheetahs who is also playing for the national team, and he did well in our past game. I have a full squad to select from, the players are prepared and there are no injuries.
“Last season although EMG defeated us by an embarrassing 35-5 margin, we learnt a lot from the game and are better prepared this time around,” the coach said.
EMG Gunners coach Neal Gouws admitted they were in for a tough game as many of his senior players were injured. “I have also lost experienced scrum half Condrad Ntshebe, who is now playing for UB White Rhinos. But as a coach you have to use what you have on hand, and sitting and making excuses will not help the game plan.
“The team has a newly selected captain Kagiso Ditsebe and I think more pressure is on him to prove his potential, but so far he has done well. He is a young player playing for the national team, and has the ability to lead others,” Gouws said.