Wednesday Club Rugby Column

College Rovers kept their seasons unbeaten record in tact when they beat a tenacious and never say die understrength eThekwini Refractories Amanzimtoti outfit 40-5 in their penultimate Fidelity ADT Premier Division game on their home grounds at Kings Park 3 last Friday evening.

Although leading relatively comfortably 21-5 at halftime Rovers were given a hard game losing their dynamo hooker Cullum Collopy with a bad shoulder injury before the break. The South Coast Terriers can certainly hold their heads up high as they battled gamely against all odds with the solid Rovers defence that was almost impenetrable. If anything the Toti pack more than held their own in the end but the 2018 Premier Division champions were blessed with far stronger depth coming off the bench on the night

Rovers ended up scoring six tries to one with wing Mark Richards, scrumhalf Blake Mingay, flank Ray Williams, centre Alcino Isaacs, replacement hooker Hendrik Prinsloo and fullback Gav Scott all crossing the chalk, while Scott added three conversions and Andy Huysaman coming off the bench another two. Amanzimtoti replied with a try by prop Renier Mostert.

In another game Bidvest Insurance Crusaders had a good away win beating Richards Bay 29-22 after leading 24-10 at the break, which meant that the side from The Bay won the second half 12-5. Never the less full credit to the side from Durban North as its never easy playing away in The Bay especially in the evening.

In the remaining match SA Home Loans Durban Collegians beat FNB UKZN Maritzburg 59-17 at Jonsson Kings Park last Saturday after leading 38-0 at halftime. The game played as the opening curtain raiser to the Super Rugby match between the Sharks and the visiting Emirates Lions saw Collegians taking their foot off the peddle but still cruising to a comfortable victory.

The Premier Division will have a one week recess as the sporting world turns their attention to the Vodacom July Handicap at Greyville this Saturday and return for the last round on Friday 13 July and so ending the league before turning their attention on the Murray Cup knockout competition.

In the First Division games South Coast Warriors had the better of Jaguars in Sydenham beating the home side 55-0, while Maritzburg Collegians scraped home 22-18 against Durban Mets and Mancosa Zululand Rhinos also narrowly edged home to win their game 20-15 against their visitors Ballito Dolphins. In the remaining game Westville thumped UKZN Durban 64-12.

For the First Division there will be no rest this weekend wirh Zululand entertaining Durban Mets at Mick Kelly Park, Maritzburg Collegians host Hillcrest at Woodburn in the capital, Ballito Dolphins are at home to Westville and South Coast Warriors travel up the coast to face UKZN Durban.

In the lower leagues College Rovers secured the Premier Division Reserve League with a game in hand to retain the Wylie Cup, which dates back to 1906, while one of the youngest clubs in KZN Reservoir Hills Rhinos made a bit of history winning the Fifth Division C.F. Glew Trophy for the first time. Up in the Berg there were celebrations aplenty in Winterton after the local Drakensberg Rugby Club won the Maritzburg Rugby Sub-Union Third Division claiming the 87 year old Crowe Cup