Impressive victory for Varsity College R.F.C.
Varsity College Rugby Football Club secured a superb 52-20 victory over Oxford Wentworth Harlequins in the Fidelity Security Moor Cup on Friday evening at KINGS PARK.
The nine-try blitz capped an impressive display for the Durban North outfit and marked a winning debut for new coach, Sam Vermaak.
New signing, Malaysian born-Kotaro Mutsushima was instrumental in the fast flowing rugby that their backline produced. He scored two tries and proved to be a menace to the Harlequins' defence with his explosive running display.
Victorious coach Sam Vermaak was delighted with the opening round- bonus point victory, saying: "I am quite surprised but very happy that everything went so smoothly. This is the expansive, running rugby that I want my team to play."
Vermaak added that they had put in a lot of hard work in pre-season and that he was hopeful that the lack of bulk in the team would be compensated with fast-flowing rugby.
The game got off to an explosive start as Harlequins crossed over in the second minute with a try from Sanele Sibanda. They added to that in the tenth minute with a second try from Andre de Jager to give them a 10-0 lead as Varsity College we caught flat -footed.
Those opening five minutes sparked Varsity College into action as they took a firm grip on the match. They produced some excellent running rugby and scored four tries to take a 27-13 halftime lead. There was no letting up in the second half as Varsity College continued their good work with a further five tries to win convincingly by 52-20.
Their backline was explosive and served notice to the remainder of the league that they will be a handful in the weeks ahead.
Varsity College: Mutsushima (2), Jarryd Chiochetti (2), Potgieter, Tshalama, Bernadt, Sanders, Mavrodaris
Oxford Wentworth Harlequins: Sibanda, A de Jager, Mthethwa
Fidelity Security Moor Cup Briefs:
Without nearly as much match practice as their hosts, Crusaders did well to hold the experienced College Rovers outfit to a 36 - 27 outcome in the hosts' favour
Likewise, UKZN Impi would have been expected - after their participation in the Varsity Shield – to win more comfortably than 32-24 against PMB Collegians in their local derby.
There was no surprise in the remaining match where, despite home ground advantage, North Coast Rhinos were outplayed 27-3 by Dbn Collegians
- Ismail Adam