Collegians maintain their unbeaten run

A dominant display from SA Home Loans Durban Collegians ensured a comfortable 33-3 victory over FNB UKZN Impi in round six of the Fidelity Security Moor Cup. Tries from Brandon Backeberg, Werner Botha, Calvin Sacks, Deon Stow and Robbie Harris maintained Collegians' unbeaten start to the season which moves them onto 29 points and keeps them hot on the heels of log leaders Jonsson College Rovers who are on 30.

There was a hive of activity at the UKZN rugby grounds on Saturday which hosted the Jes Foord rugby against rape campaign which proved to be a resounding success. Amongst the many onlookers was ex-Natal and Springbok captain, Tommy Bedford- a former architect graduate from UKZN who represented both clubs.

Impi were first on the scoreboard with a fifth minute penalty from their fullback Brandon Bailing but that was as good as it got for them. Collegians then took a stranglehold of the game and scored three tries in the first half to give them a handy 19-3 half-time lead.

The second half kicked off in familiar fashion with Collegians scoring their bonus point try as early as the 43rd minute. The match was all over as a contest and Impi were in serious danger of a huge beating. However, they showed more spirit in the second half to prevent Collegians from adding to their total. They dug in throughout the second half and it was only in the dying minutes of the game that Collegians' Robbie Harris crossed over to give his side a well deserved victory.

Incidentally, SA Home Loans awarded R500 for each try scored which went towards the proceeds of the Jes Foord Foundation.

Victorious coach, Robin Swanepoel, was delighted to have won on a special day.

"We played well in the first half and it was great performance," he said. "We did drop our intensity a bit in the second half but we were more or less in control throughout. We can now head back to training next week and concentrate on the big one against Rovers."

Collegians were handed the Jes Foord Trophy by Jes and she praised the efforts that everyone had put in.

She said: "I must thank all the teams for the fantastic effort. I am grateful to all the players, organisers, and fans for making this day a success. Hopefully we will continue from here with our campaign for women against rape. Rugby is certainly doing their bit."

Elsewhere in the Fidelity Security Moor Cup, the log leaders Jonsson College Rovers continued their winning ways with a crucial 34-10 victory over Varsity College RFC. The win has laid the platform for a titanic clash next week when the top two on the log clash.

The vastly improving Marshall Security Crusaders demolished the Zululand Rhinos 63-3. The impressive victory sees the Durban North outfit move up to third on the table with four victories in a row. In another battle of teams battling at the lower end of the table, Ricoh/Motswako Pmb Collegians shared the spoils with Oxford Wentworth Harlequins in a 19-19 draw.

Ismail Adam