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Wednesday Column

Jonsson College Rovers took another step closer to retaining KZNRU Club Rugbyís most prized possession, the priceless Moor Cup, arguably the oldest club rugby trophy in South Africa, which dates back to 1875, after an emphatic 31-13 win over their arch rivals and neighbours Acer Durban Collegians.

Collegians started with a flourish and were soon in the lead with a Tom Brown try to go with a Rudi Dames penalty and with an early 8-3 lead looked the part, but that was short-lived. Rovers bounced back to take a 13-8 half time lead playing some of their best rugby of the season in the second half. Taking full control, Rovers with some superb backline moves inspired by their Sharks players were imperious and have taken another big step towards taking the House of Paint Premier Division for the fifth year on the trot with a game in hand.

Rovers forwards were supreme with their loose trio of skipper Justin Downey, Michael Rhodes and Luvu Lusaseni outstanding and with the likes of Nico Claassen, Mark Els, Koosie Haarhof, Eric Ngoie, Charles Mndaweni and Brynand Stander all waiting and willing in the wings it does auger well in the loose forward department for Durbanís oldest rugby club should they go to club champs.

Roverís points came from tries by Chris Jordaan, scrumhalf Shannon Rick and wing Anton Verster with flyhalf Wesley Dunlop producing an almost flawless display with three penalties two conversions and a superb drop goal. Collegians other try was scored by Marco van Heerden with Quinton Crocker slotting the conversion. Collegians however will be feeling buoyant about 2011 with the insurgence of their vastly-improved Under 20 teams who won all four of the trophies on offer that they played for.

In the other games Airtron Harlequins edged out Foton Maritzburg Varsity 16-14, Goss and Balfe Crusaders looked a completely different side as they stormed to an impressive 43-17 win over Envirosan Old Boys and Thanda ZRA Zululand Rhinos beat ChemSpec Jaguars 30-10.

Rovers secured the Premier Division Reserve League and the Third Division so retaining the Wylie and Walker Cups after their second stringers squeaked home 19-17 with their third side winning 24-14 to take home the spoils. With games in hand both sides cannot be caught.

Vryheid beat Gestetner Maritzburg Collegians 32-25 in the play off match to take the overall top honours in the First Division.

The Starlite Aviation Under 19 Cup will be hosted by the Midlands Academy at Woodburn tonight (WEDNESDAY NIGHT) with Rovers facing Old Boys in the early game and Maritzburg facing Durban Collegians in the main game at eight. Last week Rovers suffered their second defeat going down 7-2 to Maritzburg while Quins beat Oldies 14-7. For the record in the new format of this competition a penalty only counts for two points and an extra bonus point is given for six tries scored so it does make for exciting running rugby although round two didnít quite match up to round one in terms of the quality rugby played.

Christo Plekenpol of Harlequins and Bradley Cele from Old Boys were named players of the match in their game while Dwayne Coetzen of Rovers and Damien Hoarau from Maritzburg were named nominated players of the match in their encounter.