Wednesday Column

The first of the Fidelity Security Rugby Days hosted by Ricoh Maritzburg Collegians at Woodburn in the capital was a great success even though the weather wasnít too kind for the spectators with their game against their visitors from the coast SA Home Loans Durban Collegians being played in wet and bitterly cold conditions last Saturday.

Durban Collegians remained unbeaten in the Fidelity Security Premier Division league after they comfortably beat their Maritzburg counterparts 49-5, but it has to be said the score line doesnít really tell the true story as the Maritzburg side didnít give up trying and looked good in phases. Durban Collegians did have too much to offer in the end with flyhalf Calvin Sacks the destroyer-in-chief, crossing for two tries whilst also adding another 14 points with seven conversions. Their other tries came from scrumhalf Werner Botha who also crossed for two, Durban Collegians Fidelity Man of the Match No 8 Brandon Backeberg, flank Dylan Nel and lock Brendon Groenewald.


Maritzburg Collegians replied with great try by fullback Brent Kay.

Across at the Peter Booysen Stadium, Jonsson College Rovers seem to be going from strength-to-strength and had another good win, beating the students from FNB UKZN Impi 57-5, scoring nine tries with Wandile Mjekevu playing at centre on this occasion crossing for two of them with the others being scored by flyhalf Chris Jordaan, fullback Kyle Wilkinson, scrumhalf Ivan Ludick, flank Wade Elliott, No 8 Juan Language and replacements Guy Alexander and Sergio Torrens.

Impi replied with a try from reserve prop Leon Mulder at the death.

In the other games, home side Varsity College were beaten 34-24 by Marshall Security Crusaders who are improving with every outing and Oxford Wentworth Harlequins picked up their first win of the season, beating Thanda Zululand Rhinos 22-11.

In the First Division Richards Bay have become the surprise package after their convincing 40-27 victory march over their visitors Ballito Dolphins, while Amanzimtoti beat Hillcrest 28-7 and Fidelity Security Jaguars edged out South Coast Warriors 17-15 with Westville Old Boys scraped home 18-13 against UKZN Durban.

In the under 20 ĎAí Division College Rovers still hold top spot on the log table with their convincing 95-3 win over UKZN Maritzburg but will be put to the test against Varsity College this coming weekend.

The Moor Cup returns to Howard College for the second time this season when The Impi host Durban Collegians at the Jes Foord day, so bringing back to the Durban Campus the spirit of the game at the famous rugby grounds that even saw Steve Biko playing there all those years ago. Certainly it is great to see the ethos of the game being renewed at Howard College on these very special occasions and there is sure to be a great turnout for the historic game.

Jos Robson