Wednesday Column

Jonsson College Rovers are beginning to look more and more ominous as each week goes by and although the club rugby season is far from over they have to now surely be considered as the firm favourites to take the honours in the Fidelity Security Premier Division. They blew Thanda ZRA Zululand Rhinos away on Saturday scoring 11 tries in their 73-5 annihilation of the never say die outfit from Empangeni.

It must have been a special moment for the clubs three inductees onto the Berea Rover Hall of Fame Dave Henry, Peter Hatchwell and Peter Broome who were present with many past players like Richard Terry-Lloyd, Don Guthrie, Murray Armstrong, Theuns Gerber and Dennis Logan-many of whom believe that this could be indeed one of the finest sides the club has fielded in their 112 year old history.

Rovers didnít take that long to register their bonus point and led 33-5 at the break. Their fast improving winger Jors Dannhauser and their talented fullback Kobus de Kock led the try scoring spree crossing for two apiece with the others going to flanker Kosie Haarhof, flyhalf Chris Mickelwood, wing Mark Richards, props Sabelo Nhlaopo and Sangoni Mxoli and replacement hooker Dusty Timlin. De Kock kicked nine conversions to conclude the scoring.

Sadly for Rovers strongest challengers for that prized priceless piece of silverware the Moor Cup, Acer Durban Collegians, they had yet another bye with Goss and Balfe Crusaders withdrawing from the game as they had no front row forwards. Collegians will be wanting to get same game time under their belts as quickly as possible as they are the one side that can challenge Rovers for the trophy.

In the two remaining games Varsity College Old Boys beat Fidelity Security Jaguars 50-13 and so securing third spot on the log table while FNB UKZN Maritzburg who have been improving in leaps and bounds as the season has progressed beat their visitors from Durban Bluff SuperSpar Harlequins 25-12.

In the Premier Division Reserve league Rovers lead the way while with Oldies securing a bonus point in their 60-0 victory march over Jaguars they will hold third spot on their log table with the same points as Collegians who have a game in hand.

Ricoh Maritzburg Collegians have wrapped up the First Division South Section competition and even with one more game coming up against closest rivals Amanzimtoti look set to face Vryheid winners of the North Section for the final honours. The Maritzburg side beat Richards Bay 47-14 but will be a liitle concerned with their second stringers 17-13 loss against the Zululand club side. In other First Division game Amanzimtoti disposed of Teichmann Bell Ballito Dolphins 35-24.

Harlequins will be hosting a Fidelity Security Supporters Day when they meet Rovers on Friday evening with jumping castles Mini Rugby and Chopper displays with Sharkie there as well to help with the entertainment. In the other games Old Boys host UKZN Maritzburg, Rhinos entertain Collegians in Empangeni and Jaguars meet home side Crusaders in Durban North.

From left Dr. Nic Labuschagne being joined by Dave Henry, Peter Hatchwell and Peter Broome on the Berea Rovers Hall of Fame-Henry, Hatchwell and Broome were honoured by their club for services rendered to the club game and were all inducted onto the Hall of Fame on Saturday thus joining Dr. Labuschagne who was inducted last year.

- Jos Robson