Cape Town - Warriors
interim coach Rivash Gobind is pleased with their Sunfoil Series position
heading into round eight against the log-leading Titans in East London
despite the hosts losing their last game against the Dolphins in
Port Elizabeth, a result that has left them third on the table with three
matches of the campaign remaining.
their second match after the limited-overs season, with the Eastern Cape
franchise winning the first one against the Highveld Lions giving them a
one win-one loss ratio in four-day cricket since the turn of the year
he will take that as it leaves them handily placed in third on 92,78 points,
less than 12 behind the leaders (104,34).
start of the five games we felt we were in a good position and I still feel
we're in a very good position after playing two of those five games," the
Warriors coach said. "We're playing the league leaders, so it's a hugely
important game for us and we recognise that.
top of the table and have shown over a number of seasons why they are so good,
so it's going to be tough."
also predicted that the season will go down to round 10 before the champions
will be decided, although victory at Buffalo Park will go a long way towards
strengthening their prospects.
probably going to go right down to the wire," he added. "All the teams are
evenly matched, so with three rounds to go there's no doubt it's going to be an
exciting end to the season.
whoever wins this game between us and the Titans are going to put themselves in
a great position going into the last two games."
wins in the second round have been produced on Warriors turf and Titans coach
Mark Boucher knows that it is a game that could go a long way towards deciding
the outcome of a competition that has seen only three wins in 21 matches in
positive that there have been results there," he said. "But they haven't been
playing badly, so we'll have to be prepared. We're not looking at them, though,
all the focus is on us and what we need to do."
the finish line almost within sight, Boucher believes it is important for his
players not to look too far ahead of the round eight tie.
still three games to go and we've had a chat about this being the start of the
chance to win another trophy," he concluded. "But we're going to look at the
situation one game at a time.
it's all about day one to try and set up something. There's no looking beyond
Smuts (capt), Gihahn Cloete, Eddie Moore, Yaseen Vallie, Colin Ackermann,
Lesiba Ngoepe, Clyde Fortuin, Andrew Birch, Ayabulela Gqamane, Anrich Nortje,
Lutho Sipamla, Simon Harmer, Tladi Bokako.
Farhaan Behardien (capt), Andrea Agathangelou, Junior Dala, Henry Davids, Tony
de Zorzi, Eldred Hawken, Heino Kuhn, Rivaldo Moonsamy, Chris Morris, Tabraiz
Shamsi, Malusi Siboto, Shaun von Berg.