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South Coast Warriors aim to shift into top gear

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Quintin van Jaarsveld

A rested Riversmead South Coast Warriors side will be looking to continue their winning ways when they welcome PMB Collegians to Douglas Mitchell Sports Grounds on Saturday.

Fresh off a bye, the Uvongo-based club will be eying the full five points to keep in touch with First Division log leaders Hillcrest as the competition nears the halfway stage.

The Warriors (27) are currently in third place, however, a win this weekend will see them surpass Westville Old Boys (29) and regain second place.

Unbeaten Hillcrest head the standings on 37 after eight matches, while the Warriors have only played six.

The Warriors have just one blemish to their name thus far, a narrow loss to Hillcrest away from home, which they’ll look to rectify in the return fixture on home soil later in the season.

It’s been a solid start, said captain Chris Mitchell, but he added they’re not satisfied with their place on the log given their goal is to return to the Premier Division.

“We want to be at the top of the log, but looking at our bonus points is exciting because they put us close to Villagers even though we have the loss to our name,” he told eHowzit.

Mitchell, who’s gone from scrumhalf to flank to hooker this season, feels the side have evolved.

“The Warriors way has always been forwards rugby, so in most games we dominate the opponents with our set pieces. Now, though, we’re looking dangerous out wide with the new Sharks Academy players pulling through.”

That said, Mitchell feels they’re still struggling to put together a complete performance.

“We haven’t had a game yet in which we showed our true talent. We’ll kill any team in a 40-minute game, but unfortunately rugby is an 80-minute game.

“We’re working on our second half showings and trust me, when that comes right, we’ll be back in the Premier Division.”

PMB Collegians have had a torrid time, winning just two of their eight games this season, and are coming off a 57-5 drubbing at the hands of Westville.

Mitchell, however, said they won’t underestimate the visitors.

“PMB like to run from anywhere, like most First Division teams, so you can’t afford to let your guard down. They play to the very end and that’s what we’re going to have to be ready for.”

Saturday’s action will kick-off with the second team game at 2pm followed by the first XI clash at 3.30pm.

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