Club Rugby Roundup

College Rovers and SA Home Loans Durban Collegians will be squaring up this Saturday for the biggest clash of the Fidelity Security Premier Division this season after both sides came away with good wins in the penultimate round last Friday evening.

Durban Collegians as expected were given a run for their money in their 26-15 victory over Varsity College after leading 21-3 at halftime, which meant that the visitors actually won the second half. 12-5 in what was an entertaining game.

Varsity College let themselves down with some inept defensive work on occasions but other than that one can honestly say that the side has definitely improved immeasurably this season while Collegians could well be a little concerned about their second half performance. Having said that night games do tend to make life a little more difficult for the players with handling errors occurring more frequently.

In the end Collegians playing their normal expansive game out wide outscored their visitors from Durban North four tries to two with their touchdowns coming from wing Jasper Genis (2), fullback Morne Joubert and flanker Subelele Nanto who crossed for the try of the match. Flyhalf Jacques Venter converted three of the tries.

Varsity College replied with tries from lock Kyle Hatherell and wing Malcolm Cele with flyhalf Tony Botha converting one to go with a penalty.

Down at the home of the South Coast Terriers College Rovers ran in five tries to the one from their hosts eThekwini Refractories Amanzimtoti to comfortably win 31-13. Playing away at Toti is never an easy task at the best of times however Rovers managed to settle and keep their unbeaten record in tact despite playing under not the best of lights.

Centres Brandon Bailing and Ricky Bamber, wing Grant Rattray, Sanela Sibanda and flyhalf Chris Jordaan scored the tries for the winners while Amanzimtoti replied with a try from centre Ryno Els with Wimpie Pretorius kicking the conversion to go with two penalties.

In the remaining Top Six game Richards Bay accounted for their visitors from Durban North Bidvest Insurance Crusaders 34-17

This Saturday sees College Rovers hosting Durban Collegians in the final games of the league with Amanzimtoti travelling to Richards Bay and Crusaders hosting Varsity College.

In the Bottom Five games Mancosa Zululand Rhinos squeaked home 20-17, which was a very important and great away win for the side from Empangeni while down at Douglas Mitchell Park in Uvongo South Coast Warriors beat Jaguars 52-12.

When one considers that the first meeting to form the Hillcrest Rugby Football Club took place under a street light in December of 1969 in the then small village of Hillcrest and officially founded in 1970 but only to start playing in the KZNRU leagues in 1974, the club has come a long way in a short space of time.

Last Saturday playing in the first curtain raiser to the Super Rugby Match between the Cell C Sharks and the Emirates Lions at Growthpoint Kings Park the 47 year old club Jaguar Land Rover Durban Hillcrest and winners of the First Division South Section became the 2017 holders of the Dewar Shield when they beat Vryheid winners of the North Section in a thrilling finale to their league season. Skipper Brian Lewis who was in the winning side in 2008 led his side to a historic win beating the side from Northern KZN 32-18.

Hillcrest tries came from skipper flank Lewis, No 8 Jacques Gey van Pittius, centre Henkie Groenewald an fullback Andre Fourie with fullback Jaco de Jager giving an almost floorless kicking display with two penalties and three conversions.

Vryheid replied with the try of the match by their 19 year old scrumhalf Chris van Rooyen with the others going to hooker Lwazi Nduli and captain flanker Tinus Scheepers and a penalty from flyhalf Juan Booysen.