2016 Fidelity Security Premier Division champions Your Communications College Rovers and the 2016 Castle Murray Cup knockout champions SA Home Loans Durban Collegians are now the only two sides in the league that remain unbeaten as the clubs head into round five this this coming weekend.
Varsity College, without their regular skipper Josh Fourie, had a good away win in Uvongo at Douglas Mitchell Park last Saturday scoring 11 tries to the one by their hosts, Rivermead South Coast Warriors. Certainly they would have found a lot more confidence and belief in their true ability in this outing whilst for the Warriors their plan going forward should really be focused on conditioning and fitness levels as they do have some talented players in their squad.
One thing is for certain what this game truly revealed is the importance of keeping the game alive and well in the country districts. The support from the community plays a huge role in the out lying areas and they sure showed their loyalty to the club game coming out in full support last Saturday in a wonderful afternoon of club rugby camaraderie with Attie Horn from Doug’s Bar and Grill deserving huge accolades for his incredible hospitality to the visitors.
Srumhalf Blake Mingay, centre Willem Rheeder and flyhalf Duran Krummeck crossed for two tries each to lead the victory march while wing Chris Klopper, flank Njabulo Zondi, wings Lindani Ndlela and Conree Poole and Anela Sibhoko coming off the bench. Kummeck, Mingay and Stephan Bothma shared the kicks while flank Chris Mitchell scored the try for South Coast Warriors and flyhalf Jacques Petzer-Moore slotted the conversion.
College Rovers also travelled away up the coast to Richards Bay where they played not only the local club but the whole town itself such was the vocal support from the locals. Richards Bay have certainly upset a few sides this season and although Rovers came away with a comfortable enough 41-20 victory they were made to work hard particularly in the second half.
Leading 36-6 at the break tells it all with The Bay winning the second half 14-5. Rovers did score seven tries in all with former Sharks skipper Keegan Daniels making a welcome return to the game after a long lay off crossing for one of them. Their other tries went to Sipho Mkize, Grant Rattray, Matt Jones, American flyer Duke Makina, Grant Williams and Byron van de Nest with Gavin Scott converting three.
In the other game played last Saturday Mancosa Zululand Rhinos beat their hosts Jaguars 36-26 with the Sydenham based side picking up a valuable log point having scored four tries in the match.
In last weeks midweek games Bidvest Insurance Crusaders drew 19-19 with FNB UKZN Impi at the Peter Booysen Stadium in the capital while Durban Collegians proved beyond doubt that they are one of the favourites to claim the oldest piece of silverware in World Rugby , The Moor Cup, this season with their impressive 36-6 win over eThekwini Refractories Amanzimtoti. Matt Reece-Edwards, Jacques Venter, Jasper Genis, Sibelola Nonto and Devan Laivaux scored the tries for the winners.
On Friday evening Impi host Durban Collegians, Varsity College travel to Toti, Saders are at home to Rhinos and Richards Bay entertain Jaguars. On Saturday Warriors travel into the Midlands to play Newcastle and its Rovers turn to have a bye.
In the First Division games Jaguar Land Rover Durban Hillcrest thumped Harlequins 73-0, Westville beat Durban Mets 48-5 and Ballito Dolphins beat Queenburgh 37-20 while College Rovers hosted the successful second of the Centralised Under 20 fixtures with many the clubs converging on one venue for an evening of rugby. Rovers beat Crusaders 38-7 in their Under 20 ‘A’ Frank Norris Cup game while Varsity College accounted for Jaguars 64-10 and UKZN beat South Coast Warriors 15-10. In the Under 20 ‘B’ Division Rovers beat Crusadres 26-12 and Zululand had the better of Toti winning 19-14.
The most pleasing result out of last weeks games was in the Third Division Walker Cup with the Development Side Kwanto beating Durban Collegians 12-10 and we ask “is this now signs of more good things to come in Transformation?”