Acer Durban Collegians must be fancying their chances of recapturing the Moor Cup after their convincing 50-30 win over a never say die Airtron Harlequins in their House of Paint Premier Division match out on the Bluff last Saturday. They have had a few years in the doldrums with an empty trophy cabinet but this year they have undoubtedly rediscovered themselves in what has been a truly outstanding season for them.
Collegians laid to rest one of their own last week, Dennis Rudman who had been a staunch member of the club for over 30 years and full marks to them for a wonderful send off they gave him with another Collegians stalwart Pastor Hendan Wienand doing the honours at the memorial service, which took place at his alma mater Westville Boys High School. Dennis will be long remembered as a loyal servant and supporter of the club a gentle soul by all accounts but a true rugby man-he certainly won’t be forgotten.
The Moor Cup holders and 2009 champions Jonsson College Rovers on the other hand have had such an inconsistent season and have lacked continuity, which could cost them dearly as the season winds down. They made heavy weather of their 36-27 victory over Goss and Balfe Crusaders giving away countless penalties in the process. The score line might not suggest it but they outscored their visitors five tries to two. But having said that full marks to Saders in allowing Rovers very little lee way. There is that old saying “only allowing your opposition the opportunity of playing as well as they did” and that’s what the boys from Durban North did.
Rovers will sadly now go into the home straight with some major injury problems to key players and will have to really dig deep to finish their season with a flourish. For the record their tries came from prop Siko ‘Snare’ Sinelwezi , centre Rudi Keil making a welcome return to local rugby, fullback Chris Jordaan, centre Jerome Pretorious to go with a penalty try with flyhalf Wesley Dunlop kicking the balance.
Up in the capital Foton Maritzburg Varsity with a magnificent turn out by their Old Boys who were all on hand to lend their support, comprehensively beat Thanda/ZRA Zululand Rhinos 33-20 at their Piet Booysen home grounds in Washington Road. Varsity have undoubtedly turned their fortunes around and will definitely be a new force to be reckoned with in the seasons ahead and one can only but wish them well for their centenary year in 2011.
Their points came from tries by No 8 Calvin Adam who crossed the line twice, wing Gareth Borchard and Fullback Ian Baines with centre Andrew Norton slotting three penalties and a conversion. Rhinos replied with tries from wings Chrislyn van Schalkwyk and Martin Smith wit Jors Dannhauser slotting two penalties and two conversions.
In the remaining game Envirosan Old Boys beat ChemSpec Jaguars 25-3
Gestetner Maritzburg Collegians will now take home some silverware after securing the South Section of the First Division competition with a narrow 13-10 win over South Coast Warriors. There can be no doubt now the overall winner of the First Division will be contested between Vryheid who comprehensively won the North Section of the competition and Collegians. This Playoff match is scheduled for Saturday at Empangeni Rugby Club and kickoff is 3pm.
Round two of the Starlite Under 19 Cup will be played at Reebok Park (KP 3) and hosted by Rovers tonight (WEDNESDAY) and will face Maritzburg in the main game at 7:45pm. Old Boys meet Harlequins in the early game which kicks off at 6.15pm