Rugby unites against rape at UKZN Rugby Day

Fidelity Security and the Jes Foord Foundation will be united this Saturday as rugby shows its stance in the fight for women against rape at the UKZN Rugby day. It promises to be a fun- filled day of entertainment for the family which will culminate in the Fidelity Security Moor Cup match between the FNB UKZN Impi and SA Home Loans Durban Collegians. (17:10 kick off).

The event will be taking place at the UKZN rugby grounds and will feature a host of activities. Ian Tait (UKZN club chairman) was pivotal in organising the day's activities and encouraged all men to participate in the wonderful campaign that the Jes Foord Foundation has organised.

Tait said: "There will be things such as raffle sheets and a pink ball and shorts match earlier in the day. We hope to kick-off the day's activities from 9am with a UKZN Ladies Tournament. Sponsors such as SAB, Spar and Sharkbite will be handing out hampers."

"Marshalls World of Sport will be handing out R200 man of the match awards (each team) for the curtain-raiser games throughout the day. I have to compliment SA Home Loans who will be donating R500 for every try scored from both teams during the featured Moor Cup game between Impi and Collegians."

Tait added that all proceeds for the entire day will be going towards the Jes Foord Foundation for 'rugby against rape'. Apart from the security provided by Fidelity, the ground is going to be equipped with a SAB 'gig bus' which will provide the DJs and their music.

Aside from all the off-field activities, there is the small matter of FNB UKZN Impi doing battle with SA Home Loans Durban Collegians in Fidelity Security Moor Cup action. Collegians have made a tremendous start to the season and remain unbeaten along with Jonsson College Rovers. Head coach, Robin Swanepoel is expecting a fierce battle.

"We are under no illusions about this game," he said. "We know Impi are going to go all out to get one over us. The Varsity Shield helped them adequately and I noticed that some key players were missing from their last game which makes me believe that they could be back against us."

Swanepoel said that he would not allow complacency to set into his players and that they were focused solely on this game. He also wanted to pay tribute so all the sponsors and the Jes Foord Foundation for organising such a special day.

The Impi coach, Dylan Campbell, was his usual calm and composed self when questioned about the big game. "It's a big one and we can't hide away from it," he said. "Exams have robbed us of a few players but that is something that we accustomed to. I must point out that last season we won this very same encounter on the Jes Foord day and we will hope to give it our best shot."

Campbell also expressed his delight with the entire rugby day activities and wished his good friend Jes Foord and everyone associated with the rugby day all of the best.

In the other matches, high-flying Jonsson College Rovers host Varsity College RFC at KP3. The defending champions have been in irresistible form and will want to continue their winning start to the campaign. Varsity College must be smarting from their defeat last week and will be looking to make amends.

The vastly improving Crusaders will be hoping to continue their hot streak and continue climbing the table with maximum points against the struggling Zululand Rhinos.

Ricoh/Motswako Pmb Collegians will definitely be targeting a first victory of the season against Oxford Wentworth Harlequins in the capital.

Ismail Adam