Wednesday Club Column
SA Home Loans Durban Collegians went to the top of the Fidelity Security Premier Division log table after Jonsson College Rovers put an end to Amanzimtoti's winning streak, beating the South Coast Terriers 40-24 in an enthralling battle which saw the 2013 Moor Cup champions come from behind to take home a full bag of log points and so secure second place on the log table.
Debutantes to the Premier Division, Toti certainly haven't disgraced themselves by any stretch of the imagination and were gracious in defeat whilst having proved to be an enormously competitive outfit. Sharing the spoils 17-17 at the break after trailing 14-12 just before the interval Rovers had to dig deep to eventually come away with a bonus point victory.
Playing in front of a record home crowd, the South Coast side gave their supporters a lot to cheer about, scoring three tries of their own and with a little more time in the Premier Division, will become a lot more experienced at this level and certainly look as though they are here to stay - that is for certain.
Rovers scored their tries through centre Matt Phillips and flyhalf Juandre Small who crossed for two each, with the others going to centre Kobus Lowrens and former Springbok wing and Man of the Match Jongi Nokwe with Small kicking the balance. For Toti, centre Richard Shore crossed for two touchdowns with scrumhalf Matt McDonald crossing for the third while Jaco van Tonder kicked a penalty and three conversions.
Durban Collegians have certainly made their presence felt with another resounding victory, thumping their Maritzburg counterparts 62-8 at Woodburn in the capital in a one sided affair thus taking the Durban side to the top of the log and now remaining the only unbeaten side in the competition.
Ricoh Maritzburg Collegians at least still stay off the bottom of the log after Thanda Zululand Rhinos were beaten 53-24 by the home side FNB UKZN Impi at the Peter Booysen Stadium, giving the students their first win of the season in Pietermaritzburg. The Impi now seemingly back on track will certainly not be pushovers going forward and their supporters can surely now look forward to more positive results.
In the remaining match, Nashua Crusaders came away with another pleasing result, beating Varsity College 28-3 in a four try bonus point victory, so placing them in third place on the log table behind Durban Collegians and Rovers. Flanker Byron van de Nest led the charge with two tries with the others going to prop Cameron Dodds and centre Willem Rheeder. Cameron Dunlop kicked four conversions.
In the First Division it looks as though itís going to be a battle for top honours between South Coast Warriors, Harlequins and Richards Bay with Quins still holding all the aces as the only unbeaten side in the league. The Port Shepstone team had a narrow escape edging out their hosts Richards Bay 9-5 while the Mighty Quins beat Hillcrest 35-12 at Shongweni. In the other games Westville Old Boys accounted for UKZN Durban 28-14 while Jaguars beat Ballito Dolphins 73-5.
In the lower leagues, Scottburgh Rugby Club stalwart Trevor Kelly announced that former Natal wing Des McClean will be taking over the coaching duties at the South Coast club, which is good news for the club making their return to the KZNRU family after being out in limbo for a long while. Des certainly believes the club can regain its rightful place in KZNRU club rugby once again.
Rovers remain on top of the Under 20 'A' Division even after going down 19-10 to Varsity College and perhaps with a little more self belief can still take the honours. Certainly it's going to be a very tightly contested competition with Durban Collegians only managing to beat the South Coast Warriors 15-6 while Crusaders beat UKZN Durban 43-23
Ticket sales have been going well for the All things Rugby breakfast fundraiser for Rescuetech in association with Durban Aviation. Hugh Bladen and Ian McIntosh will be heading up a panel with John Allan and other rugby personalities on Thursday morning 29 May at Greyville Racecourse and with the two year old filly Travilla on offer for auction by kind donation from the Yellowstar Stud Farm the breakfast looks set to be an abslute winner. For booking and further information contact Ricky at .