Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
2 minute read
16 May 2014
6:00 am

Duelling keepers at Nedbank Cup

Rudolph Jacobs

The mind games are in full swing leading up to the final of the Nedbank Cup between Orlando Pirates and Bidvest Wits tomorrow in what is going to be a sold-out affair at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Senzo Meyiwa ©Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

The Clever Boys’ coach Gavin Hunt started them on Tuesday when he said that should the match go to penalties, his side would be crowned champions with Moeneeb Josephs in goals, describing him as the best goalkeeper in the country. Pirates assistant coach Eric Tinkler has also given his goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa that tag.

“We can argue that case on who is the better goalkeeper of the two. We have all seen how fantastic Senzo has been for this club this past season, going all the way back in the Champions League,” Tinkler said.

“His heroics against TP Mazembe were special. And look at what he did against SuperSport United in the top eight. We can go back into the game against Thanda Royal Zulu in this competition, Senzo made some great saves.

“Not that we want the game to go to penalties, we hope to see an entertaining game with lots of goals in open play. We don’t want to see this game ending in penalties. I know Gavin said something about the league being boring.”

Despite all this, Wits lead in the psychological department. Their opponents will be playing in their fourth cup final of the season without having won any of the previous three. It’s something they have been constantly reminded of and it’s something that Wits assistant coach Paul Johnstone promised the club will look to put right.

“We will always be the underdog playing against a massive franchise like Orlando Pirates,” Johnstone said.

“We prefer that. There is no pressure on our boys. We have had a respectable season. From a Pirates’ point of view, naturally it will be tough on them. They are a big club, three cup final defeats hanging over them. It will be a massive test of character from those boys. Is it going to be too much for them? Can they overcome that?”

The answers will come tomorrow at 5pm.