Wednesday Column

Acer Durban Collegians got back to their winning ways when they beat their visitors from across the Umgeni Varsity College Old Boys 23-19 in a closely contested game on KP 10 last Friday evening but would have to have some sort of miracle to happen should they now want to topple the log leaders and 2010 Fidelity Security Premier Division champions Jonsson College Rovers.

Two good second half tries by Collegians wing Kyle Hartley making a welcome return and scrum half Werner Botha sealed the game for Collegians but dropping another valuable log point has given Rovers a 13 point cushion their second placed neighbours and even if the Moor Cup holders lose one of their two remaining fixtures they don’t look remotely in danger of missing out on yet another title especially after their comprehensive 63-0 win over a brave Goss and Balfe Crusaders side in Durban North.

Rovers were once again in imperious form crossing for 10 tries three of them going to Jors Dannhauser playing at fullback on this occasion. Dannhauser a relative of the legendary Toy Dannhauser is certainly setting club rugby alight and is now the top try scorer in the competition. Their other tries went to flanker Kosie Haarhof now the second most try scorer of the season, wing Wesley Flanagan, lock Simba Bwanya, props Roy Godfrey and Grant Scott, No 8 Nikolai Blignaut and centre Chris Mickelwood who also kicked five conversions and a penalty.

In the other two games Fidelity Security picked up another valuable win surprising FNB UKZN Maritzburg with a nail bighting 19-17 victory on their home grounds in Sydenham while in Empangeni Thanda ZRA Zululand Rhinos edged out Buff SuperSpar 13-8 in another closely contested game at Mick Kelly Park after their disappointing showing against Jaguars the week before.

The Rovers second stringers look destined to also retain the Wylie Cup while their Third Division squad are in a titanic battle with Durban Collegians for top honours for the Walker Cup title. The Fourth Division is also going down to the wire with Old Boys and Crusaders Crushers still in the hunt.

College Rovers will host the second of the Fidelity Security Club Rugby Supporters days when they entertain Durban Collegians at Reebok Park (KP3) this Saturday. In the other games Old Boys are at home to Crusaders, Rhinos travel to Maritzburg to play Varsity and Harlequins welcome Jaguars to the Bluff. All games scheduled for a 3.30pm kick off.

Marist and Rovers rugby lost one of their favourite sons Roly Du Fourq recently. Du Fourq a product of St. Charles College’s class of 69 was a hugely talented scrumhalf and one can recall many special games he played alongside the likes of former Natal flyhalf Peter Grant before his move to Collegians, Neil Summerford, Hughie Callaghan and many others that were privileged to have known him and played with him. He joins another Marist and Rovers stalwart, Bruce Harvey’s wife Linda who also sadly passed away recently, on their rugby role of honour. To Bruce and Roly’s lovely wife Margie and respective families the KZNRU and the club rugby family offer their deepest sympathy.

The 2011 Starlite Aviation Under 19 Trophy competition will be launched this evening at the Starlite’s headquarters at Virginia Airport at 6.30pm. Durban Collegians won the inaugural competition last year and will be looking at retaining the trophy this time around. Next Monday evening the 2011 Castle Murray Cup draw will take place at Cotton Fields in Umhlanga Rocks scheduled for a 5pm for 5.30pm start.

The Connor Bell Trust inaugural fundraising breakfast has been put together by the Bell and Griffiths families in conjunction with the SA Rugby Legends at the Moses Mabhida Stadium and is scheduled for a 7am for 7.30am start. The cost is R2250 for a table of 10 or R250 a seat and interested parties who would like to also meet up with a few Sharks players as well should contact Barbara at or email

- Jos Robson