Wednesday Club Column
As the final curtain call is about to be taken for the 2012 club rugby season, Jonsson College Rovers is the only club left in the province flying a club flag as they now prepare to represent KZNRU at the National Club Championships in Rustenburg later this month.
Rovers will take on Noordelikes from Limpopo Province in the third game of the day kicking off at 11.30am on 15 September and with 16 open clubs competing for top honours without the presence of the University sides, one can only hope that the rugby played will be as competitive and entertaining without the students strutting their stuff.
White River will be representing Mpumalanga for the first time while Despatch, who have won the tournament a few times in the early years, make a welcome return representing Eastern Province. The host team representing the Leopards, Rustenburg Impala, will not be an easy side to play, especially on their home grounds. They will meet Villagers Worcester from Boland in the main game of the opening day. There will be two police sides at the tournament as well from Pretoria and Bloemfontein, both unknown quantities although the Pretoria Bobbies have been to the championship on quite a few occasions over the years.
Old Selbornians are representing Border, Roodepoort also past winners will be flying the Lions flag, Naka Bulls the Saru invited club from the Bulls will also be competing while the little known hard men from Sishen are representing Griquas. Welkom Rovers are also back to represent the Griffons and Brackpan will be looking after the interests of the Valke.
Rovers have put together a squad of 29 players and will be awaiting the confirmation on the availability of their three Sharks players Tera Mthembu, Rosco Specman and Brynand Stander before finalising the squad. The squad includes former Sharks and Pumas fullback Chris Jordaan, flyhalf Andrew Borgen making a welcome return from injury who has played for the Sharks, hooker Mark Goosen who has played Varsity Cup rugby for UCT, former Sharks flanker Conrad Stoltz and a former Sharks utility forward Nicolai Blignaut who will be locking the scrum with Simba Bwanya and Francois Robertse. Former SA Schools fullback Chris Mickelwood out of Westville will captain the side.
The squad is: Siko Sinelizwe, Sangoni Mxoli, Gideon Bruwer, Jandre Jacobs, Chris Kemp, Mark Goosen, Kosie Haarhoff, Juan Language, Conrad Stoltz, TC Khoza, Brynand Stander, Tera Mthemba, Johan van Wyk, Shannon Rick, Neil de Bruin, Ivan Ludeke, Andrew Borgen, Jean Botha, Nic Jackson, Rosco Speckman, Jors Dannhauser, Anton Verster, Chris Jordaan, Chris Micklewood (capt), Kobus de Kock and Kyle Wilkinson.
Former Durban Collegians Natal and Springbok flanker Snowy Suter, in association with His Church in Pinetown, will be hosting their ever-popular Champions Breakfast for the third year in a row on Thursday 18 October and have Springbok prop The Beast and flyhalf Pat Lambie as their guest speakers. For a small fee of R2000 a table and for further information, one can contact Olga at His Church at .
College Rovers will be hosting the inaugural East Coast Tens Easter Rugby Festival next year and with some 60 sides expected to converge on the city it, will surely bring back great memories of those wonderful Toyota Easter Club Rugby tournaments of yesteryear. For further information on The Robert du Preez East Coast Tens Invitational, contact .
- Jos Robson