Wednesday Club Column

After club rugby had a weekend off, games will resume this weekend, with SA Home Loans Durban Collegians a step closer to reclaiming the priceless and oldest piece of silverware in World Rugby, the Moor Cup after the first round of the Fidelity Security Premier Division league. After three closely-contested games, Collegians survived close calls against Varsity College, Jonsson College Rovers and Nashua Crusaders dropping valuable log points in the process. They have, however, remained the only unbeaten side in the Premier Division competition and topped the log with a five point cushion going into the final straight.

Rovers, the 2013 champions, are in second place on the log table now having a lot of hard work ahead of them going forward and after the narrow defeat at the hands of Durban Collegians who won a thrilling encounter 19-13 in a match that could have gone either way, will now be able to play their running game more freely with the pressure off them and all to play for.

Crusaders, who have made huge strides this year, are in third place behind Rovers with a game in hand and will also find the going tough to catch a very confident and workmanlike Collegians' outfit. Amanzimtoti follow in fourth and certainly haven’t disgraced themselves; they can only go from strength to strength. Varsity College are one point behind Toti at the half way mark with Ricoh Maritzburg Collegians, FNB UKZN Impi and Thanda Zululand Rhinos holding up the bottom of the log.

Rovers are on top of the Premier Division Reserve and Third Division Leagues respectively going into the second half of the season while their Under 20 ‘A’ side surprisingly secured the Basil Medway Knockout Trophy after beating Varsity College 36-26 in the final. The Durban Collegians Under 20 ‘B’ team also had a surprise win beating Varsity College in the Final of the DW Geddie Cup.

The First Division is also set for an intriguing second round with all to play for after a few surprising results has left South Coast Warriors on top of the log at the half way stage. Richards Bay had held the top spot after surprisingly beating Harlequins before finding themselves on the losing end against a super-charged Jaguars outfit. Harlequins who had earlier lost at home to Jaguars only found themselves in third spot behind Richards Bay followed by Jaguars, Westville Old Boys, Hillcrest UKZN Durban and Ballito Dolphins.

A unique band of gentlemen came from near and far to celebrate the reunion of the Technicon Rugby Club that had been a part of an incredibly successful era between 1990 and 94 before amalgamating with Durban Collegians. With former South African Cricketer Pat Symcox as MC, a memorable evening was held and enjoyed by all. Among the group of former players that gathered together to reminisce at the Durban Collegians Rugby Club were Warren Brosnihan, Wayne Fyvie, Russell Bennett and Etienne Fynn while Andy Marinos, now with SARU, ended up playing a number of games for Wales.

As a Durban boy, Jonathan Kaplan dreamt of one day representing his country. Now, after three decades, the now legendary recently retired international referee reflects on his career highlighting the highs and lows in what for him has been an enthralling journey. Fittingly, Books and Books will be launching the most capped international, Super Rugby and Currie Cup referee's book Call it Like it Is at College Rovers Rugby Club alongside Kings Park 3 on the outer fields of Growthpoint KINGS PARK on the very fields that he started his illustrious career. Join Jonathan Kaplan, the most capped International referee of all time, on Monday 23 June scheduled for a 6pm for 6.30pm start at the College Rovers Rugby Club on KP3.

Jos Robson