Wednesday Club Column
Jonsson College Rovers will join winners of this yearís Fidelity Security Premier Division, SA Home Loans Durban Collegians, in the 2015 Cell C Community Cup national club rugby competition after convincingly beating Upington Rugby Club 62-17 in a qualifying round game at Growthpoint KINGS PARK on Saturday, so becoming the 16th club to be added to the tournament.
It was a great day for club rugby as Rovers went about their business with a clinical performance, scoring 10 tries against the club from Griquas, which was founded in 1908.
For Rovers however, it was also a sad day as they said goodbye to one of their standout players in recent seasons, Jors Dannhauser, who leaves the rugby arena as sadly one of the unluckiest players never have been given the real opportunity to perform at a higher level.
A truly gifted rugby player who had all the attributes to make it into the big time.
In his final game for Rovers, Dannhauser, who has had a few short runs with the Sharks Vodacom squad, did get his name on the score sheet with a try and five conversions and as always playing his heart out, but this last time on the flank, such has been his devotion for his club and the game. Jors Dannhauser, we salute you.
Rovers were good value for their ten tries with wing Dusty Noble crossing the chalk with three of the best while centres Quinton Crocker and Cobus Lourens got two each, No 8 Paul Bester and wing Jonge Nokwe one each. Chris Micklewood added the final points with a conversion.
Itís hard to believe that the two sides representing the KZNRU in next yearís Community Cup, Rovers and Durban Collegians, were knocked out in the early rounds of the Castle Murray Cup competition, such has been the competitiveness of the club game in the province, which has been so good for club rugby as a whole.
What made the day even better for Rovers was the news that their ladies won the KZNRU Woman's league, beating Fidelity Security Jaguars 17-10 in the final league game of their season, so reclaiming the the KZNRU Trophy after a few seasons in the doldrums. They also retained the Sevens Trophy, making them unquestionably the best Ladies side in KZN. The good news for Woman's rugby in South Africa is the fact that the IRB have recently announced their plans to embrace the ladies game a lot more and make some huge improvements for them in 2015. They do certainly need all the support they can get.
Jaguars will be holding a fundraising banquet to be televised live on Boots n All on 16 October at Sibaya Casino. Among the VIP guests will be Jake White and his 2007 Rugby World Cup wining captain John Smit, now CEO of the Cell C Sharks. For further information, contact Jeremy at .
College Rovers have their annual rugby dinner on Saturday evening with everyone eagerly awaiting their 300 draw, while the SA Rugby Legends travel to Winterton to spend the weekend with the Drakensberg Rugby Club. Durban Collegians will be having their annual Awards Dinner on 26 September in the Basil Medway Room at Growthpoint KINGS PARK.