Wednesday Column

Jonsson College Rovers and Acer Durban Collegians are set for the battle of the titans on Friday evening at KP 10 the home of Collegians. After last weekend's results, it’s anyone’s guess as to who will come out on top. The Fidelity Security Premier Division competition is certainly becoming a nail-biting affair up for the two top sides.

Collegians certainly wouldn’t have been that happy with their game against their hosts Varsity College Old Boys only beating the Durban North side 12-3 in a contest riddled with more frustration than anything else. Rovers too didn’t look that great against Goss and Balfe Crusaders on their home grounds at Reebok Park (KP 3) either.

Rovers led 14-6 at the break and only really looked good in patches. They were made to struggle for their bonus point and like Collegians against ‘Saders’ only managed to get the fourth try in the dying stages of the game. The Rovers tries came from Riaan Swanepoel, Kosie Haarhof and Daniel Adonga who crossed for two. Fullback Kobus de Kock converted all the tries and added a penalty.

Crusaders deserve huge credit for the tenacity against all odds - they can certainly hold their heads high for the way they went about defending their line - it was truly a brave effort. Flyhalf Nico van de Westhuizen kicked their two penalties.

In the remaining game played on Mr. Price Kings Park as the curtain raiser to the Super Rugby clash between The Sharks and Bulls, Bluff SuperSpar Harlequins edged out Thanda ZRA Zululand Rhinos 32-29 after leading 24-18 at halftime. Quins rushed into an early lead and soon had three tries on the board. It was only the accurate goal kicking from the boot of Rhinos flyhalf Corne Els that kept the Zululand side in the hunt.

Harlequins tries came from Dean Lovett who crossed for two, flyhalf Christopher Nqubuli and prop Jacques Kotze with fullback Jaco van Tonder kicking three conversions and two penalties. For Rhinos, Els kicked eight penalties and prop Brris van Jaarsveld crossed for their only try. It just showed that a team could still loose when they outscore their opposition on the try count.

The good news for Zululand rugby was the news that their Empangeni under 20 side are set to make history by winning the Frank Norris Trophy Under 20 ‘A’ competition the first time and with their convincing 51-7 victory over Harlequins they are destined to have their name engraved on the trophy .

In the other games played Old Boys went down 22-17 to Collegians and Rovers beat Crusaders 27-6

- Jos Robson