WEDNESDAY COLUMN CLUB RUGBY

The Cell C Sharks XV comfortably beat the Cell C Sharks Club XV 69-0 at the home of Bidvest Insurance Crusaders RFC in Ranleigh Crescent Durban North last Friday evening after leading 42-0 at the break. If anything the Sharks Club XV would have learnt a lot from this outing and in fairness to them they had very little preparation and time with head coach Dusty Noble and his assistant coaches in the build up to the game. There can be no doubt however that they did improve in the second session only allowing the Sharks XV to score another 27 points and one can only hope that coaches Ricardo Loubscher and Paul Anthony got to learn a lot more about their charges, led by Keegan Daniel on the night, before tackling the Vodacom Cup.

Run for MND was launched on the evening, which is a global charity event for the Doddie Gump Foundation. Doddie Weir the former Scottish International announced in June last year that he had been diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease and like the late Joost van de Westhuysen has created a charity for research into the dreaded disease, which seems to be appearing more and more frequently.

Doddie has taken over the mantle from Joost and former All Black skipper Richie McCaw will be looking after the charity in New Zealand, Scottish legendary fullback Gavin Hastings in Scotland, the brilliant Irish centre John O’Driscoll in Ireland and here in South Africa Doddie’s long time friend and former Scottish and Springbok hooker John Allan.

With all that in mind we can rally to the cause and collect our tartan band on Sunday at 8am at the Northlands Crusaders Sports Club in Ranleigh Crescent Durban North. An entry fee for over 18’s of a minimum of R100 and R50 for scholars will go a long way in helping a great cause. For further information contact Nadine at 031-576 9600 or email her on Nadine@gameoncard.co.za

The entry fee for charity will give a Cashback World and Sharks Water Bottle a snack and an entry for an opportunity of a boat cruise on the Spirit of eLan for 20 people. The rugby world have come together not only for Doddie Weir but past players like our very own Ryan Walker and Danny Delport so this is truly for a worthy cause.

The final of the Flya Club Rugby Knockout competition between SA Home Loans Durban Collegians and eThekwini Refractories Amanzimtoti takes place on Friday evening at Crusaders the kick off scheduled for 8,30pm. The full program for the evening sees Crusades hosting College Rovers in the opening game on the ‘A’ Field starting at 7pm while on the ‘B’ Field Durban Collegians second stringers face UKZN Pietermaritzburg at 6.30pm and College Rovers 2nd XV face Varsity College at 8pm

In the Fidelity ADT First Division 2017 champions Jaguar Land Rover Durban Hillcrest got their 2018 campaign off on a winning note beating Jaguars 45-10 while up the North Coast Ballito Dolphins also got their season off on a positive note accounting for M,aritzburg Collegians 33-7′ UKZN beat Durban Mets 33-21 in a pre-season friendly.

FNB UKZN Impi edged out CPUT 34-28 in a hard fought Varsity Shield game at the Peter Booysen Stadium in the capital last Monday evening. It was good result for the local students after disappointingly going down 12-8 to Walter Sisulu University last week, Impi will travel to East London to face Walter Sisulu University once again next Monday

The Under 20 leagues are well on the way and in the games played on the weekend College Rovers beat South Coast Warriors 29-0, Varsity College accounted for Midlands with a comfortable 45-0 victory and UKZN beat Crusaders 21-13.

On Tuesday 27 March the monthly Locker Room eye2eye with John Allan comes to you in association with The Riverside Hotel Convention Centre, the Mount Vernon Wine Estate, presenting their Rhino Tears range, and GameOn Card in a completely different format with a wine tasting fund raiser for the Thula Thula Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre What makes this event special is the love of rugby wine and wildlife with former Natal prop Dave ‘Shorts’ Hooper with his son John who own Mount Vernon working with wine specialist Roz Hankinson wife of former Natal hooker Rob Hankinson. Francoise Anthony widow of the Lawrence Anthony aka the Elephant Whisperer will also be on hand to discuss her book An Elephant in my Kitchen, which is scheduled to be launched in this country in September

Lawrence Anthony actually played rugby for Rovers back in the day much to his widows surprise and its fitting that the College Rovers Rugby Club will be the brand ambassadors for the Thula Thula Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre this year. For further information once again contact Nadine at 031-576 9600.