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Wednesday Column

Jonsson College Rovers made it five in a row when the comprehensively beat a depleted Envirosan Old Boys 37-7 last Friday night to win the Premier Division and retain the priceless 135 year old Moor Cup and finishing up three log points ahead of runners up Acer Durban Collegians with a game in hand.

The only unbeaten side in the competition, Rovers will now go on to represent the KZN Rugby Union at the annual SAA National Club Rugby Championships in Stellenbosch in September. Before that however, they will first turn their attention to the Castle Murray Cup knockout competition and focus on going for the double once again.

Rovers were not at their best against ‘Oldies’ but even without key players Wesley Dunlop and Neil de Bruyn, still outscored their visitors six tries to one with wings Gareth McRae and Anton Verster, centre Rudi Keil and loose forwards Justin Downey, Luvo Lusasani and Nico Claasen getting in for the touchdowns with flyhalf Stuart Hudson kicking two conversions and a penalty. Old Boys replied with a try from Sandro Fernades converted by Colin Mbongwe.

In the other games, Thanda ZRA Zululand Rhinos had a good away win beating Airtron Harlequins 29-10 out on the Bluff while Durban Collegians finished their campaign on a high with a 38-15 victory against Goss and Balfe Crusaders out at Ranleigh Crescent in Durban North and Foton Maritzburg Varsity scraped home by the narrowest of margins to edge out their hosts ChemSpec Jaguars 36-34.

Rovers also secured the Premier Division Reserve League and the Third Division Walker Cup.

Durban Collegians are looking like favourites to take the inaugural Starlite Aviation Under 19 Cup after beating Maritzburg 30-15 at Woodburn last week. Rovers picked up their first win scraping home 25-24 against Harlequins. The sides take a break this week, returning next Wednesday to do battle.

The Castle Murray Cup qualifying rounds kick off on Saturday with 2009 champions Rovers traveling to Shongweni to face Hillcrest. Teichmann Bell Ballito host Crusaders, Gestetner Maritzburg Collegians meet Maritzburg Varsity for their derby clash at Woodburn while Old Boys have a long trek into the hinterland to face Piet Retief. Rhinos travel to Vryheid and Quins go to Ladysmith with Collegians meeting the South Coast Terriers of Amanzimtoti and finally Jaguars travel to Port Shepstone to play South Coast Warriors to conclude the fixtures of newly programmed competition, which has been designed to take the game into the outlying areas.

The Traditional Rugby School Luncheon takes place at the Salt Rock Hotel on Friday with this year’s winners Glenwood High School celebrating their centenary with a gala banquet at the ICC the same night with Springbok skipper John Smit their guest speaker. For further details on the luncheon at the Salt Rock Hotel phone Rob Visak at and for the Centenary Banquet at the ICC contact Danielle at