WEDNESDAY COLUMN CLUB RUGBY

Hluhluwe, Drakensberg and visitors from the Western Cape, Hamilton Sea Point RFC, came away with the honours over the weekend with Hluhluwe taking home the Bozas Cup, Drakensburg The Julian Badenhorst Plate and Hammies leaving the Garden Province unbeaten after their successful tour of KwaZulu Natal. .

There can be no doubt that the 2018 Beck Sportswear Bozas Cup, as always, well hosted by the Eshowe Rugby Club and played in the true spirit of Transformation, was one of the most successful and entertaining in the last decade. Its just such a pity that the Fidelity ADT Premier Division clubs don’t get more involved with their respective Third XV sides. Once again one has to commend Bidvest Insurance Crusaders for sending their team named Captain America to the tournament and what a wonderful bunch they were entering into the spirit of the game with much gusto, which for them would have been a great team building exercise for the season ahead. Holders of the Walker Cup they will certainly open their 2018 campaign on a hugely positive note and will more than likely retain the Third Division title this year..

The day in Eshowe opened on a sombre note with the hosts Eshowe and 2015 winners Esikhawini giving one minutes silence before the kick off of the opening match honouring Marcus Bothas a young Eshowe player who died in a freak accident earlier in the year.. What made the moment that more special was seeing Marcus’s club jersey being handed to his dad Kobus Bothas It was a touching moment and highlighted just how special community club rugby is and perhaps should play a far more important role in the bigger picture of the game as a whole in South Africa. Its certainly what former Springbok and Scottish International John Allan had advocated some years back.

Hluhluwe, Murray Cup finalists way back in 1956 losing to SA Home Loans Durban Collegians, won the Bozas Cup this year after last winning the silverware back in 2000. They beat the hosts Eshowe 10-5 in extra time while Drakensberg from Winterton beat Ballito Dolphins 10-5 in the plate final for First Division sides, also in extra time. To the President of the Eshowe Rugby Club Johnny Pinto, our hosts Fergus and Fiona Upfold and the people of Eshowe well done and thank you for a weekend of memorable true club rugby camaraderie.

The SA Rugby Legends will play against the Legends of Drakensberg RFC in September before the side from the Midlands travels off to Ireland for a tour of the Emerald Isle. Sentraal celebrating their Centenary this year will be hosting their rugby festival in Dundee on 17 March.

Back in Durban Hamilton Sea Point had a successful tour in KZN beating eThekewini Refractories Amanzimtoti 24-14 last Wednesday, while their second stringers hammered Toti 72-0. They moved to Kings Park last Saturday continuing on with their winning ways beating Durban Collegians 40-21 in the curtain raiser to the Super Rugby game between The Sharks and Waratahs. The evening before Hammies second side beat Collegians 15-14 with a winning drop goal right on time. FNB UKZN Impi thrashed Rhodes University 48-0 in a Varsity Shield game in Grahamstown on Monday evening. Next Monday the students from Howard College will host the Walter Sisulu University from East London.

In Richards Bay Varsity College got their Frank Norris Under 20 ‘A’ league campaign off on a high note beating the home side 66-15 last Saturday while College Rovers were beaten eight tries to two by the Sharks Vodacom outfit in a trial run. last Friday evening.

The draw for the Flya Tournament will take place at the home of Crusaders in Ranleigh Cescent Durban North at 6pm this evening. The opening round will be played on Friday evening at Crusaders hosting the tournament once again. Then on Friday 16 March the Sharks Club XV will take on the Sharks Vodacom side in another trial run giving the club players an opportunity to display their skills against quality opposition.