St Marks facing another stiff test

Neale Emslie

ST MARKS face another ordeal by fire in the EP Grand Challenge rugby competition when they come up against Eastern Cape Super 12 champions Harlequins at the Adcock Stadium tomorrow.

Fresh from a sound lesson at the hands of Community Cup winners Despatch, the league newcomers will again have their hands full against Quins.

Harlequins were quick out of the blocks last week with a solid 22-11 win over Suburban and they will not want to slip up this weekend.

St Marks, though, learnt some harsh lessons in the 46-3 defeat at the hands of Despatch and will be aiming to lift their performance tomorrow.

Despatch will be favoured to secure their second win when they host Kruisfontein, while NMMU, also sure to be leading title contenders, should be too strong at the PE South Campus for Grahamstown’s Brumbies.

African Bombers received something of a setback when they were held to a 14-14 draw by Orlando Eagles last weekend and they will be looking to rectify matters at home against United Barbarians.

Traditionally tough to beat in Zwide, Bombers will be banking on their strong home support to give them the edge.

Spring Rose had an excellent start last week when they outplayed Brumbies in Grahamstown, but will face a bigger challenge tomorrow against the impressive Progress side.

The Uitenhage team saw off PE SAPS in their opening match and will be looking to build momentum for the season.

Gardens will be planning to bounce back after a narrow loss to Crusaders, but will need to be wary of Orlando Eagles.

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