Weekend Round-up

Last year's club rugby league runners-up, Acer Durban Collegians, issued another notice of intent in this season's Fidelity Security Moor Cup as they secured a 28-5 win over Goss and Balfe Crusaders in Durban North yesterday afternoon.

It's been a case of start-stop-start for the clubs thus far this season as the competition kicked-off with an intriguing opening round of action a fortnight ago before there was a break over Easter last weekend.

In their opening fixture, Collegians recorded a runaway victory over Fidelity Security Jaguars, and they backed that up with another bonus-point win yesterday. It wasn't a faultless performance, but they would have been mighty pleased to pick up the full five log-points away from home, with wing Kyle Hartley, flanker Carl Marx, No 8 Matt Hill and centre Piet Lindeque all scoring tries.

The first round of matches were somewhat marred by heavy rain, but the weather conditions were far better for rugby yesterday, and up in Zululand, Jonsson College Rovers took full advantage as they recorded a bonus-point 38-20 win.

Flanker Kosie Haarhof scored four tries off the driving maul, with Rovers keeping it tight and reaping the rewards from this clinical aspect of play. Fullback Chris Micklewood scored an impressive try and also kicked four conversions for a personal points haul of 13, while flanker Nic Claasen also managed to score for Rovers.

Rhinos battled bravely, and were within striking distance of Rovers in the second half, but the defending champs eventually pulled away to settle the nerves. Meanwhile, Bluff SuperSpar Harlequins continued their strong start to the season as they comfortably completed a 49-18 win over visiting FNB UKZN Maritzburg.

Harlequins opened their campaign with a hard-fought win, and they were impressive once again yesterday, with Thinus Volker and Jaco van Tonder notably both scoring a brace of tries.

While it's been a promising start for Harlequins, it looks like it could be another long season for Jaguars as they suffered a comprehensive 45-10 defeat to Varsity College Old Boys in another Durban North fixture.

Winger Deon Stow was the standout try-scorer as he dotted down twice for Old Boys.

- Craig Lewis - Daily News