Wednesday Club Column
Jonsson College Rovers, Varsity College Old Boys and Acer Durban Collegians rang up big scores in the opening games of round two of the Fidelity Security Premier Division competition, which should send out warning signals on the state of the club game in the province.
The side facing Rovers after their first local defeat since 2009 against Collegians last week was obviously going to be on the receiving end of the 2011 Moor Cup title holders and sadly that was FNB UKZN Maritzburg. Rovers went on a 12 try blitz to thump the students from the capital 80-0 with five of the touch downs going to the Vryheid express Jors Dannhauser. Jake Adam (2), Kosie Haarhoff, Chris Mickelwood, Sharks XV hooker Kyle Cooper, lock Francois Robbertse and Rosco Speckman crossed for the balance with Dannhauser (4) and scrumhalf Niel de Bruyn (6) sharing the conversions.
Collegians also went big with a 95-0 slaughter of a brave but luckless Telnet Crusaders side that looked decidedly out of sorts without a few of their key players. Wings Quinton Dormehl and Andre Esterhuizen led the charge with flyhalf Gouws Prinsloo directing the troops with an almost flawless display and 28 points of his own leaving their visitors totally flawed and bewildered. With skipper Robbie Harris leading by example and scoring a well deserved try of his own, one does get the feeling that the side is now back on track after their two early losses to Varstiy and Oldies.
Old Boys also had a big win beating Waterstone Thanda Zululand Rhinos 40-3 with the home side scoring five tries that went to skipper Bryan Shamangu, Ryan Howse, Troy Chicotti, Reef Nakin and Steve Moir with Warren Randall kicking the balance while for Rhinos Sello Sekhwela kicked a lone penalty. Now secure in second spot on the log table Old Boys have a rejuvenated Collegians outfit breathing down their neck the race for the top three spots looks to be heating up nicely.
In the remaining game, Bluff SuperSpar Harlequins had a narrow home ground win, beating their visitors from the capital Ricoh Maritzburg Collegians 20-18 with a last gasp penalty almost on time. One has to feel for the Maritzburg side, having come so close to victory on so many occasions only to be pipped at the death; however their time will come, that is for certain.
In the First Division, Amanzimtoti seem to have found their way back to the top and certainly look to be in the hunt for top honours after beating Hillcrest 48-12, while Fidelity Security Jaguars also look to be back in the mix after they edged out UKZN Durban 27-21 and Fidelity Security South Coast Warriors accounted for Richards Bay 48-0.
Rovers are well ahead in the Premier Division Reserve League while in the under 20 ‘A’ Division, Quins look to be the favourites for the Frank Norris Trophy and in the Third Division Westville Old Boys and Rovers will be in a tight tussle for the Walker Cup as they enter the final run home. Durban Collegians reign supreme in the Fourth Division with Durban Mets full value for their successful run in the Fifth Division.
Rovers will host Cutting it with Blades on Friday evening starting at 6pm and have a few tickets available at R225, which includes a meal and a drink on arrival at their new facility on KP 3. Varsity College Old Boys will be having their tribute lunch for legendary coach Frans de Beer with guest speaker Dick Muir and MC Doug Tweedie. For R100, join in the celebration of a great rugby man and a moment of true rugby camaraderie. The Ex Sharks Players Association will have their bi-monthly luncheon on Thursday at Ba Bar Coa in Umhlanga Rock at 12.30pm so it looks like a pretty busy week ahead in the build up to the first test against England at Mr Price KINGS PARK on Saturday.
- Jos Robson