Wednesday Column

The Fidelity Security Premier Division is really hotting up leaving Acer Durban Collegians and Jonsson College Rovers as the only two unbeaten sides in the competition after a highly competitive weekend of club rugby.

Collegians hold top spot on the log table at the moment having picked up two valuable bonus points in the two opening rounds. The brains trust at Rovers on the other hand, will be a little concerned that their team, although having been brilliant in patches have yet to earn their second five pointer.

Rovers were made to work for their 21-5 victory over Bluff Superspar Harlequins on their home Reebok Park grounds and should have picked up a bonus point. It was too many basic errors that cost them dearly but having said that one canít help getting the feeling that once they click, they will surely be a hard side to contain.

Their tries came from prop Roy Godfrey, flank Kosie Haarhof and wing Jors Dannhauser with Chris Mickelwood slotting two penalties.

Next door on KP 10, Collegians beat Thanda ZRA Zululand Rhinos 23-8 in another tough encounter. Certainly although the team from Empangeni who have yet to register a win this season are fast improving, they should feel a little more buoyant after their performance against the log leaders last Friday.

Up in the capital, FNB UKZN Maritzburg, also struggling to register their first win after three rounds, went down 24-13 against their visitors from Durban North, Varsity College Old Boys. The big Old Boys pack proved too much for the lighter students in the end but they are sure to pick up their first log points of the season in the not too distant future.

In the remaining game, Goss and Balfe Crusaders accounted for Fidelity Security Jaguars beating their hosts from Sydenham 31-8 in the curtain raiser to the Vodacom Super Rugby clash between the visiting Brumbies from Australia and The Sharks at Mr. Price KINGS PARK on Saturday.

This Saturday, Crusaders host Varsity, Old Boys entertain Rovers, Collegians travel to the Bluff to face the Mighty Quinns and Rhinos welcome Jaguars to Mick Kelly Park.

In the Under 20 ĎAí Division, a badly depleted Durban Collegians suffered their first defeat of the season going down badly 31-6 to Empangeni, leaving the competition wide open. Rovers accounted for Harlequins beating the Bluff side 19-6.

The match everyone was waiting for in the First Division between Rocoh Maritzburg Collegians and Hillcrest was postponed because of a major power failure in the area. In the games that were played South Cost Warriors beat FNB UKZN Durban 29-7, and Richards Bay were beaten by their visitors from the South Coast, Amanzimtoti 20-16

- Jos Robson