WEDNESDAY COLUMN CLUB RUGBY

The Fidelity ADT Premier Division league for the most prized and oldest piece of silverware in World Rugby the Moor Cup, kicks off this Saturday with the 2017 champions College Rovers hosting what looks like a hugely improved Varsity College outfit on KP 3. Going on the results of many of the preseason friendly games we are possibly looking at entering into one of the most competitive of club seasons in recent years with a lot more sides in with a chance to take the honours. Certainly for Rovers it is not an easy opener for them to start their 2018 campaign.

Rovers, like many of the clubs, will go into the new season with a lot of unfamiliar faces in their line up but the 2017 champions will no doubt feel their biggest loss going into this all important opener after their long time star player,a former Sharks and Pumas utility back,Chris Jordaan having retired at the end of last years season. With that its certainly never easy replacing experience.

Rovers neighbours SA Home Loans Durban Collegians, runners up last year, will also have a tricky opener whilst also fielding a few newcomers when they host eThekwini Refractories Amanzimtoti on KP 10. In the remaining game Richards Bay travel to the Capital to face FNB UKZN Pietermaritzburg at the Peter Booysen Stadium. Bidvest Insurance Crusaders sit the opening round out with a bye.

With all the main games kicking off at 3.30pm we are in for an explosive opening round

Meanwhile after the First Division games last Thursday Hillcrest and South Coast Warriors are the early front runners with Jaguar Land Rover Durban Hillcrest accounting for Westville 25-12 and South Coast Warriors beating Durban Mets 36-26 in a high scoring game. In the other games Maritzburg Collegians had a good away win beating Jaguars 20-7 and Zululand Rhinos beat UKZN Durban 20-8 at Mick Kelly Park in Empangeni.

On Saturday Ballito host Hillcrest, Westville entertain Jaguars and Maritzburg Collegians travel to Howard College to face UKZN Durban.

In last weeks Under 20 ‘A’ League games Varsity College and Durban Collegians remain unbeaten with Durban Collegians beating a never say die Midlands side 78-38 in yet another high scoring game. College Rovers, after beating Crusaders 29-22. find themselves as the early log leaders even after losing their opener against Midlands in their first match at Woodburn in Pietermaritzburg.

The Under 20 leagues will only continue next weekend after the Sharks Academy Easter recess.