Wednesday Club Column
SA Home Loans Durban Collegians, Jonsson College Rovers and Nashua Crusaders look set to fight it out for top honours in the Fidelity Premier Division this season after a strong showing from all three clubs at the weekend. Certainly the competition has been a lot tighter this season, making it a far more interesting league to follow with any one of the top three able to secure the oldest trophy in World Rugby, the priceless Moor Cup. Amanzimtoti and Varsity College can also still make their presence felt, making it an even more intriguing battle for that ultimate prize.
Playing on their home grounds, KP 10, Durban Collegians had a hard fought 40-17 win over an extremely spirited South Coast Terriers outfit from Toti, scoring five tries to two with hooker Sean Malton making a welcome return to the side crossing for one of them. Their other tries came from wing Kyle Hartley who is now among the top try scorers in the competition, lock Brendan Groenewald, loose forwards Gareth Reece-Edwards and Fanela Zwane together with replacement utility back Calvin Sacks. Flyhalf Duncan Campbell added 15 points with the boot. Toti, who were definitely up for the challenge, did give their victors a right royal time of it scoring their tries through wing Louis Joubert and flyhalf Jaco de Jager who also kicked a penalty and a conversion with the other conversion going to Rouche Kleynhans who came off the bench.
Across the way, Durban Collegians' neighbours, College Rovers, who are yet to field their full strength squad, had a convincing 64-22 win over FNB UKZN Impi, crossing for 10 tries. Fullback Kyle Wilkinson, wings Jongi Nokwe and Jared Chiocchetti, scrumhalf Warren Randall, Flank Jean Pretorius, locks Nikolai Blignaut and Simba Bwanya, prop Jarett Crouch, utility forwards off the bench Sanela Sibanda and Kirk Twine, while flyhalf Jeandre Small kicked the balance.
The students had opened the scoring with a penalty but still sitting with many of their key players on the injury list, they were no match for the rampant Rovers' outfit. But what should be more disconcerting for them was the result of the their second stringers, going down 127-0 to Rovers in the Wylie Cup Premier Division Reserve League match.
In the other games, Nashua Crusaders kept up their march for top honours as well with a convincing 46-10 win over Ricoh Maritzburg Collegians on their home turf in Durban North and Varsity College travelled to Empangeni where they beat Thanda Zululand Rhinos 55-18 at Mick Kelly Park, leaving the Zululand side propping up the bottom of the log.
Varsity College lead the way in both the Under 20 A and B Divisions after their wins over UKZN, the A side beating the students 36-18 and their Bs winning 86-10. Durban Collegians and Rovers will still be in the hunt after Collegians edged out Rovers 18-16.
In the Fidelity Security First Division Harlequins lead the way on the log table. Their game against Ballito Dolphins was postponed last Saturday while in other matches Jaguars beat UKZN Durban 44-13, Richards Bay accounted for Hillcrest beating the Villagers 45-0 and South Coast Warriors beat Westville Old Boys 27-13.
Former Sharks and Springbok skipper Gary Teichmann will be joining panel at the All things Rugby fundraiser breakfast for Rescuetech at the Greyville Racecourse on Thursday 29 May. He will be joined by Ian McIntosh, Hugh Bladen, John Allan and host of other rugby personalities together with a surprise guest. The fundraiser that is being put together in association with Durban Aviation also sees the two year old filly donated by the Yellowstar Stud Farm in Mooi River to be auctioned at the star studded breakfast showing the closeness of the horseracing industry to the world of rugby. For tickets to the worthwhile fundraiser phone Ricky at .