Despatch set to take the Sishen gap

Neale Emslie

GAP Despatch will be aiming to maintain the momentum gained from their big win over Villagers Worcester when they take on bottom- placed Pool A side Sishen in the Cell C Community Cup rugby competition in Despatch tomorrow.

After an opening loss to College Rovers in Durban, the Despatch side were rampant against their Boland opponents, winning 67-23.

The result included a bonus point to revive Despatch’s playoff chances. Another victory tomorrow would be a major boost for them. They trail Rovers and WP wild card SK Walmers on the log after two matches, while Sishen have experienced a winless run in their three games.

That suggests Despatch will go into the game as strong favourites, but will need to be careful because they cannot afford any setbacks at this stage. Sishen showed their fighting qualities against Walmers in Kathu last weekend before finally yielding to a 39-32 defeat.

Despatch will need to aim for dominance upfront to allow their loose trio and the backs to control the pattern of the match.

African Bombers will want to get back on the winning trail when they take on Bloem Police because a second loss could spell the end of their chances of making the playoffs.

Last week, Bombers were well beaten by the power of the Pretoria Police pack, but they were certainly not disgraced and the bonus points they have picked up could be important in the long term.

Bloem Police are struggling after two defeats, but will be a tough proposition for Bombers. If the Zwide team can gain parity up front, they will look to the class and accurate boot of Coyi Banda to boost their victory chances.

Durbanville-Bellville (11 points from three matches) and Pretoria Police (10 from two games) are the Pool B pace-setters, but Bombers can draw level with the Cape side with a strong performance in Bloemfontein.

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