Wednesday Column

Durban Collegians and FNB UKZN Maritzburg did club rugby proud last Friday evening in launching the Rugby against Rape program in association with the Jes Foord Foundation when they met in a hard-fought Fidelity Security Premier Division match whilst also celebrating a good cause, which will now become an annual event between the two clubs. Jes Foord was on hand to introduce her foundation to the UKZNRU and present the two trophies on offer in what was a memorable and historic moment for the club game in the province.

Fittingly, the silverware was shared in the inaugural clash with the students taking the honours in the Premier Division game beating their hosts 20-14 and so securing the Jes Foord Cup while the Collegians second stringers won their game 29-24, also in a closely-contested affair, to claim the Jes Foord Bowl.

Varsity were full value for their victory in the main game and are improving with every outing. What made their win all that more satisfying was the fact that they were away from home and no one was more jubilant than their new coach Sean van Rensburg. Coming from behind, Varsity finished a lot stronger and scored two tries to one with their touchdowns coming from centre Wessel Booysen and their No 8 and skipper Leon Stevens with fullback Jaco Potgieter kicking two conversions and two penalties.

Collegians replied with a try from wing Andre Esterhuizen and three penalties by centre Quinton Crocker.

Jonsson College Rovers, leading only 12-3 at the break against Telnet Crusaders, went on a second half rampage to register a 60-3 win over the brave Durban North club. Rovers, who many believe have taken the club game to another level, scored 10 tries, but not after a few words were spoken by head coach Robert du Preez at half-time, with the 2011 champions having looked out of sorts in the first session. When Rovers really hit their straps one would have to feel sorry for the opposition facing them when the time comes. However, at the moment though, should they want to take on the might of the Varsity Cup Champions, Tukkies, they will have to lift their game a notch or two.

Rovers scored their tries through flank Kosie Haarhoff (4), wing Jors Dannhauser (3) (now by far the top try scorer in the league), Rosco Speckman, flank Conrad Stoltz, and centre Billy van Lill with Chris Mickelwood slotting five conversions.

Bluff SuperSpar Harlequins had a good away win beating their hosts Thanda Zululand Rhinos 31-8 at Mick Kelly Park in Empangeni with Michael Holtzhouzen (2), Nico Furbey and Stefan Willemse getting over for the tries while Varsity College Old Boys beat Ricoh Maritzburg Collegians 19-6.

The under 20 A Division is now wide open after Durban Collegians surprisingly hammered College Rovers 32-14 and Harlequins thumped Old Boys 41-12 leaving it a three way run in for top honours between Rovers, Quins and Collegians.

The First Division is also now wide open with UKZN Durban going down 18-13 to Amanzimtoti and Fidelity Security South Coast Warriors having the better of Teichmann Bell Ballito Dolphins beating the North Coast side 22-11. Fidelity Security Jaguars made short work of Hillcrest beating the Villagers 45-10 while Richards Bay beat Maritzburg Waratahs 41-17.

- Jos Robson