Rugby feast at Wolfson Stadium
All roads will lead to the Wolfson Stadium in Kwazakhele on Sunday when the venue hosts a triple header rugby festival featuring club and provincial sides.
The all-action day starts at 10:30am with a club match between Missionvale and Motherwell, before two key SuperSport Rugby Challenge clashes.
An in-form Western Province side will be looking to stretch their unbeaten run to six matches when they face a tough Free State outfit at midday.
This will be followed by a clash between the Multisure EP Elephants and Sharks which kicks-off at 2:30pm.
EP will be defending an unbeaten record at the Wolfson Stadium having won their previous two matches against the SWD Eagles and Border Bulldogs at the venue.
EP Rugby president Andre Rademan has appealed for the rugby public to come out in big numbers to support the Elephants.
“This will be a feast of rugby and we want to fans to rally behind the team at Wolfson Stadium,” Rademan said.
“The guys are working hard to turn things around for the union on the playing field. I think we can get a capacity crowd if we do our homework leading up to the match.
“I know it means a lot to the players when they have the crowd behind them. Wolfson has been a happy hunting ground for us and the team are unbeaten there.
“This is because the community get behind us and they sing and dance. We have fantastic supporters.”
They have not fared well on the road, losing to the Boland Cavaliers, Free State and Western Province which hasleft them in fifth spot on the table.
While the Elephants are hurting after a 27-13 loss to Western Province at Newlands on Saturday, the Sharks will arrive in Kwazakhele with their confidence sky high.
The Durban side thrashed the hapless Border Bulldogs 82-24 to keep their Rugby Challenge to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Thanks to their massive win, the Sharks are fourth on the South Section log with 16 points and will be hungry for more in Port Elizabeth.
EP manager Thando Manana says his team want to make the Wolfson Stadium a “House of Pain” for visiting teams.
“The Wolfson has been good to us in terms of our changing fortunes. The fans are our 16th player,” Manana said.
“If you look at the last two games, we have scored 17 tries, so the players clearly love this venue.
“So we have not lost here in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge and we have a perfect record of two out of two. “A lot of teams come here not knowing what to expect and we want to make it a house of pain.”
EP skipper Lubabalo “Giant” Mtyanda said his team would regroup after the defeat against WP on Sunday. “Our set piece was a problem and our mauling,” Mtayanda said.
“Those are the things we need to fix.“We were in the game for most of the time, and in the 60th minute we were only one try behind.
“But in the last minutes WP scored two tries with their driving maul.
“I can’t fault the effort of the boys and everyone put their hands up. We had them on defence and attack, it is just that we need to finish off our good moments.”