Cape Town - It was
billed the title decider even before the second round of matches started and so
the result of the Sunfoil Series clash between the Titans and Highveld Lions will have plenty riding on it when it gets underway in Centurion
are top of the competition standings with 112.32 points with the Knights
(100.68) second, followed by the visitors (94.74).
the Titans at SuperSport Park could hand them the title this weekend, should
the Knights slip up against the Warriors in Kimberley. A win either way will
put them on the brink of a first four-day title since 2011/12.
need more than a win this week as they try to defend the title. They will also
need the Knights to drop points in both rounds.
happens, the first-class season is set for a captivating climax.
“The way it
stands, the Knights could easily win their match against the Warriors and next
week we’ll find ourselves in the very same position,” Titans coach Rob Walter
“So there’s plenty to play for beyond this game.
is and has always been on one game at a time rather than winning both. But if
we do win both games, we know we’ll win the trophy. There’s no two ways about
that, but for now we’re focussing all our energy on the Lions.”
expecting a tough assignment in the Jukskei derby.
“They’re a strong side, they’re the defending champions and they a side that
can beat anyone in the competition. From a points perspective, they’re probably
a game behind, so I expect them to come out at us. It’s going to be a good
being only third favourites at this stage of the campaign, Lions coach Geoffrey
Toyana is not ready to thrown in the towel.
“It is a
big one for us,” he stated.
“I still feel with the way the remaining fixtures
are, we still have destiny in our own hands.
“It is a
big game, it is a derby and there’s a lot riding on it. I think with the
Knights right behind the Titans, it has all the attributes to be a really
equation is quite simple for us, we have to win both.”
Eddie Leie and Sean Jamison have been drafted into the Lions squad, while the
Titans have stuck with the same squad that won their last game against the