The Don’s Pawnshop PE Police Rugby Club will shift focus to the playoffs in the national Gold Cup tournament when they take on Brakpan in the Gauteng town tomorrow.
This comes after the PE Bobbies beat group rivals Belaz Sishen 24-19 last week.
The win saw PE Police finish the group in second place behind group winners Pretoria Police, who hammered East London Police 75-5 in Pretoria.
Of the match ahead, team manager Marius van der Walt said: “Brakpan are unbeaten in a very strong group, and we have heard they have a well-drilled pack of forwards and that their game plan revolves around them.”
The PE team will be boosted by the return of a few players, who were out due to injury.
After their win in Sishen was ensured by a strong defensive structure, which held off a comeback from the home side, the Port Elizabeth side are looking at some new tactics for this weekend.
“We have to play at high altitude again so we are hoping for cooler weather,” Van der Walt said.
“We will be sharpening up our close-in defence as we anticipate that they will play close in with the big and heavy forwards. “How we are going to play remains a secret for now,” Van der Walt said.
“We have to use all our opportunities and defend well.”
In the Mayoral Cup, Spring Rose will be looking to shrug off their bad start by securing a win against the struggling Crusaders, after suffering a narrow loss to the Gelvandale Wallabies last week at the Adcock Stadium.
Both teams are winless after three games, and will be anxious to stay in the running.