Club Rugby Wednesday Column

Front runners in the Fidelity Security Premier Division competition College Rovers and SA Home Loans Durban Collegians got their Second Round games off on a positive winning note with Rovers hammering Standard Bank Richards Bay 80-0 and Durban Collegians accounting for Bidvest Insurance Crusaders with a 47-15 victory on their respective home grounds last Thursday.

It was an emotional evening at the home of College Rovers with the second sides standing for a minutes silence paying their respects on the sudden sad passing of former Charles Glass Society member, Bill Clarke, the father of Dave ‘Barrel’ Clarke the Rovers Second XV head coach.

Kicking off the games in the Top Six the 2016 Moor Cup champions were imperious putting together one of their finest displays of running rugby this season after a shaky opening 15 minutes. Once they settled down the side clicked into overdrive with the Zululand outfit totally outplayed in all facets of the game.

The Rovers supercharged flanker Malotsi Bouwer lead the try scoring spree with four fine touchdowns, while wing Mark Richards and centre Ricky Bamber crossed for two each. Flank Graham Geldenhuys, scrumhalf Grant Williams, No 8 Kelvin Adam and fullback Gavin Scott  got in on the act as well all crossing for tries with Scott adding the kicks.

For Kyle Wilkinson it was a sad day as well saying farewell to the club he has served with distinction. Playing in his last game for the club before returning to Cape Town he came off the bench towards the end and fittingly his team mates allowed him to take the last conversion of the game to the make his last game for the club a memorable one.

Across the way on KP 10 Durban Collegians had little difficulty in putting Crusaders away beating the Durban North side who it has to be said looked a little out of sorts but did finish with a flourish scoring a good try just before the close of the game.

Across the Umgeni eThekwini Refractories had a good away win edging out their hosts Varsity College 20-17 in an exciting game that saw the lead changing during the course of the match. The South Coast Terrier’s led 13-11 at the break and managed to claim the honours at the end.

In the Bottom Five FNB UKZN Impi beat South Coast Warriors 48-0 and Jaguars made the long trip into the hinterland only to be narrowly beaten 36-31 by their hosts Newcastle.  Mancosa Zululand Rhinos had a bye.

Crusaders will host College Rovers on Friday evening in their second game of Round Two of the Top Six, while Durban Collegians will travel to Amanzimtoti to face the South Coast Terriers and on Saturday Varsity College are at home to Richards Bay.  The two Bottom Five games will be played on Saturday with Zululand Rhinos travelling to Uvongo to play South Coast Warriors while UKZN Impi will entertain Newcastle.

In the First Division Jaguar Land Rover Durban Hillcrest kept their unbeaten record comfortably in tact beating Harlequins 33-12 while Ballito Dolphins had a comfortable away win disposing of Queensburgh 34-0

In the Under 20 ‘A’ Division Varsity College beat Durban Collegians 34-17 while their second stringers accounted for Collegians winning 14-8.

The highlight in the last round of KZNRU club fixtures however was in the Third Division with the game being taken to the Townships. College Rovers were kindly bussed into Cleremont by Fidelity Security and picking up a 29-12 victory over the development side. The importance of taking the game to the people cannot be emphasised more and this is what the true meaning of developing the game is all about. But having said that there is still a lot more to do to level the playing fields of that there cannot be any denying.