Wednesday Column

Jonsson College Rovers got their 2014 Cell C Community Cup campaign off on a positive note with a convincing runaway 85-0 win against E-Car Welkom Rugby Club on their home grounds on Saturday afternoon. Leading 39-0 at the break the 2013 Community Cup runners up made their intentions quite clear running in 13 tries for good measure, but will still very wary of a number of basic errors they made that would have had them punished by a better side on the day.

With former Bok wing Jongi Nokwe, together with former Sharks and Lions wing Dusty Noble making a welcome return to the game in the Rovers strip, the KZNRU champions were far too strong for the side from the Griffons and showed that even after losing 16 players last year that they are still going to be a force to be reckoned with. Certainly they showed that they are still a class act but it is still early days with a lot of work still ahead of them and coaches Greg Miller and Beans Bateman will be cautious enough to realise that.

Rovers' livewire scrumhalf Shannon Rick led the points' scoring spree crossing for three finely-executed tries with the others going to the lively centre pair of Quinton Crocker and Kyle Wilkinson who crossed for two each, No 8 Kelvin Adam, flanker Jean Pretorius, lock Nicolai Blignaut, hooker Warrick Venter and their exciting fullback Jors Dannhauser who, together with skipper and flyhalf Chris Micklewood, scored 20 points apiece with a try and five conversions each.

Rovers have a bye this weekend and will meet Bloemfontein Crusaders in Bloem on the 22 March followed by Roodepoort on 29 March with their next home game against Welkom Rovers scheduled for 5 April.

FNB UKZN Impi hold onto their second spot on the Varsity Shield log table even though they went down 33-32 to the students from the University of the Western Cape last Monday. Once again the KZN students will be kicking themselves after comfortably leading 24-8 with 30 minutes left on the clock they allowed the Belville students to bounce back and sneak a victory against all odds. This leaves the local students with a lot of work to do and they can do it they just have to believe in their ability.

The Impi had a bye on Monday and will travel to Pretoria to meet TUT on 17 March before facing log leaders from Bloemfontein CUT who have lost only one game. The Impi will be on their home turf for their last pool match and for them to stay in the hunt they really do need to pull out all the stops and win their last two games.

Harlequins beat Vryheid 20-13 in the curtain-raiser to the Super Rugby game between the Cell C Sharks and Lions at Growthpoint KINGS PARK on Saturday. Nashua Crusaders will launch the Flya Club Rugby Tournament tonight at Ranleigh Crescent in Durban North. Saders hosted the inaugural competition which SA Home Loans Durban Collegians won last year.

Jos Robson