Wednesday Column

Jonsson College Rovers stepped up a gear over the weekend when they comprehensively beat a brave FNB UKZN Maritzburg outfit 52-0 in a Fidelity Security Premier Division club rugby match on Reebok Park (KP3) on Saturday. As convincing as the victory was, Rovers still didn’t quite look that completely a rounded side and one just gets the feeling that they have yet to produce their best performance of the season.

Leading 24-0 at the break with their bonus point in place, Rovers crossed for eight well-executed tries with Sharks centre Riaan Swanepoel opening the scoring a mere 10 minutes into the game. The 2010 Moor Cup champions gave a clinical display of powerful running rugby and as determined as the students were in defending their line, they eventually gave way to an imperious performance from the hugely talented Rovers' unit.

Rovers other tries came from hooker Craig Burden, wings Luzuko Vulindlu, Jors Dannhauser and replacement Anton Verster, their ever improving under 21 flank Brynard Stander, their other flanker Juan Language and fullback Kobus de Kock who was also successful with six conversions.

Acer Durban Collegians stayed in touch with the log leaders with their talented young wing Quinton Dormehl crossing for two of the tries in their 61-9 win over Fidelity Security Jaguars. Dormehl and fellow Collegians wing Kyle Hartley, together with flank Kosie Haarhof from Rovers, are now the three top try scorers in the competition with wing Dean Stow of Varsity College Old Boys also in the mix.

‘Oldies’ accounted for Bluff SuperSpar Harlequins beating their visitors 29-20 in the remaining game leaving the side from Durban North in third place on the log table. The game between Goss and Balfe Crusaders and Thanda ZRA Zululand Rhinos was postponed because the Zululand side was involved in Ebbo Bastard Inter-Sub-Union clash against Durban at Mick Kelly Park in Empangeni, which their visitors won 35-10.

The Empangeni under 20 ‘A’ and ‘B’ sides are through to the semi-finals of the Basil Medway Trophy and D.W. Geddie Cup knockout competitions respectively with both sides clearly looking at taking home their respective doubles after winning the Frank Norris under 20 ‘A’ Division title together with the Kings Park Challenge Cup after taking the honours in the Under 20 ‘B’ competition as well.

Women’s rugby is alive and well with the Jaguars, Midlands and Rovers ladies battling it out for top honours. In the last round hosted by Harlequins Rovers beat Zululand 14-0 with Shona Leah Weston and Polani Mabusela with Tansyn Nuttley converting both tries. Midlands beat Rovers 18-0 in their second game of the day. The next round is scheduled for 11th June in Pietermaritzburg.

Premier Division front runners Rovers will be hosted by Jaguars this weekend while Durban Collegians travel to the capital to meet UKZN Pietermaritzburg, Harlequins entertain Crusaders out on the Bluff and Old Boys travel to Empangeni to face Zululand Rhinos.

- Jos Robson