Last weekend was one to forget for the Warriors who succumbed to their forth loss of the season, a last minute shocker where Richard Kinyai failed to convert from near the posts leaving the Warriors camp and their fans with hands on their heads in a state of inexplicable numbness.
The visit of the Barbarians couldn’t come at a more convenient time as the Legends based side look to get back to winning ways – they will need points to consolidate their fourth position and avoid getting into a race with the Buffaloes whose win against the Rams draws them even closer.
The Barbarians have managed one win so far in the league and their form on the road is not the kind that would inspire confidence going into a clash with their wounded opponents. The last time that they traveled saw them fall to the Pirates conceding more than 80 points.
The Barbarians however won’t be an easy push over as most would think – they have their own relegation battles to deal with and intend to get off the foot of the table in a bid to avoid going back to the second tier and keep their top flight status alive for another season at least.
Their charge for survival starts with a visit to a seemingly fatigued Warriors side whom they will want to take advantage – Coach Leonard Lubambula knows is very much aware that the team needs to start winning and needs to start now if they want to avoid the cut. It all goes down to making bold statements such as upsetting teams at their own grounds. Every point accrued will be important in the arm wrestle against Rams who are one point ahead of them.
Ivan Makmot will have some stern words for his troops before they face the Barbarians knowing that nothing should be taken for granted regardless of position on the table in order to turn around a 2019 run that has been topsy-turvy thus far.
Legends Rugby grounds – 4.30pm