Wednesday Column

The first of eight Fidelity Security Moor Cup Days hosted by the Premier Division clubs was a great success. FNB UKZN Maritzburg had the privilege of hosting Ricoh Maritzburg Collegians in the opener for the season and celebrated the evening with a hard fought 17-3 win in a tense derby night at the Peter Booysen Park in the capital. Full marks to Fidelity for an incredibly well-organised evening of festivities enjoyed by a large appreciative crowd of supporters from both clubs. Certainly these Moor Cup Days will do a lot to enhance and improve the status of the club game going forward for the rest of the season.

Varsity only led 3-0 at the break in a game that had some exciting moments overall, unfortunately hampered by the slippery dewy conditions. It was Jaco Potgieter, the talented Varsity fullback, who opened the scoring with the first half penalty before flankers Andre Greyvenstein and Zwela Zondi crossed for second half tries to earn the students a well-deserved victory. Potgieter added another penalty and a conversion against the lone penalty by Collegians reserve flyhalf Conal Levine. For Collegians, they can take heart with their second stringers still unbeaten, winning their closely-contested game 19-12 and giving every indication that they are handling their newly-acquired Premier Division status with aplomb.

The Fidelity Man of the Match awards went to Varsity back Wessel Booysen and forward Zwela Zondi and from Collegians, Calvin Channing (backs) and Jos Caruth (forwards). The next Fidelity Security Moor Cup Day will be hosted by Acer Durban Collegians on Friday evening, 11 May.

Jonsson College Rovers had yet another convincing win beating their hosts Bluff SuperSpar Harlequins 62-7 with their Vryheid express wing Jors Dannhauser crossing for four tries making it five touchdowns in two games for the talented flyer from Northern KZN, with another two going to their other wing Kyle Wilkinson. Kosie Haarhoff, Matt de Beer, Calvin Karnezos and Calvin Adam crossed for their other tries with Andrew Borgen converting five and Chris Mickelwood one. Quins replied with a try by Pieter Killian, which was converted.

In the remaining game, Varsity College Old Boys picked up a valuable bonus point in their four try 26-8 victory over a fast improving Telnet Crusaders outfit. Saders actually had the edge in the first half leading 8-5 only to let matters slip with Oldies scoring their winning tries through Deon Stow, Dean Muir, Max Tripepi and Rowan Howse while Eugene Louw crossed for the Crusaders try.

In the First Division, Teichmann Bell Ballito and FNB UKZN Durban remain the two unbeaten sides with the Dolphins securing a good 24-14 away victory against Richards Bay with Varsity also having a good win away from home, accounting for Hillcrest 24-0. Richards Bay second side however managed to get one back from their visitors winning their game 23-20 with the Hillcrest seconds also taking the honours 27-8 over the students. Fidelity Security South Coast Warriors beat Maritzburg Waratahs 42-12 at Woodburn and Amanzimtoti, with home ground advantage, easing out Fidelity Security Jaguars 23-22.

Rovers lead the way in the Under 20 A Division and remain unbeaten in the league after beating Crusaders 56-27 in a high scoring game on their home grounds while Durban Collegians found form to beat Old Boys 39-18 and Harlequins destroyed Midlands 106-0.

Note: There has been a fixture change: U20A Division - Frank Norris Trophy on Thursday 26 April. The Midlands vs Durban Collegians match will now be played on KP10 (same kick-off time of 18:30). The return match on Friday 15 June will be played at W2.

- Jos Robson