WEDNESDAY COLUMN CLUB RUGBY

The Fidelity Security Premier Division enters the final straight this coming weekend with two more rounds still to be played in the Top Six. Meanwhile last weekend the attention was focused on the Bottom Five of the Premier Division.

Mancosa Zululand Rhinos squeaked in with a close call edging out Jaguars 30-28 at Mick Kelly Park in Empangeni while down at Douglas Mitchell Park in Uvongo South Coast Warriors pulled off their biggest victory of the season beating Newcastle 42-0. Now the sides move on to contest the final rounds of the league before facing each other in the Murray Cup knockout competition towards the end of the month.

With College Rovers and SA Home Loans Durban Collegians in a closely contested race for top honours in the Moor Cup its now all to play for. Rovers have a three point cushion on the log table and are the only unbeaten side in the league. This Saturday however both sides will be faced with stiff opposition as they enter the last two weeks of the Top Six Premier Division league.

eThekwini Refractories Amanzimtoti will host College Rovers on Friday evening, which is never an easy venue to play at in anyone’s book especially at night. Perhaps Collegians have the easier of the penultimate round games when they entertain Varsity College on KP 10. Varsity College will never the less be on a high after returning from Wits University as the successful winners of the USSA ‘B’ Section annual Tertiary Institutions Rugby Festival beating TUT 17-12 in their final. Maties beat Pukke 19-13 in the ‘A’ Section final to take the crown.

In the remaining Premier Division game this weekend Bidvest Insurance Crusaders will travel to Richards Bay to face the iron men from The Bay.

In the Bottom Five Zululand Rhinos will travel to Pietermaritzburg to play FNB UKZN Impi and Jaguars will travel down the South Coast to play South Coast Warriors.

In the First Division Jaguar Land Rover Hillcrest deserve huge accolades for the funds raised at the rugby day Rugby4Jaxon that they hosted at Kearsney College on Saturday. They convincingly beat Westville 42-0 but more importantly raised over R90,000 for little Jaxon Bartman who is suffering from an awful Kidney illness. In the other game Ballito Dolphins beat Maritzburg Collegians 34-25

Meanwhile two more trophies have been won over this last weekend with Crusaders adding the Fourth Division Foaden Bowl and the Walker Cup to their trophy cabinet.

The always honest and robust Nick Mallett will be talking Springbok Rugby at a business breakfast at the Elangeni Hotel on Friday 28 July. For further details contact Corporate Sport at 011-803 0165 or email csport@mweb.co.za. This breakfast is a must with a no holes barred Malett at his very best.

Also on 28 July The Rugby 7’s Festival Dinner takes place at Crawford College La Lucia starting at 6pm in support of the Ryan Walker Foundation. Walker a former Sharks and College Rovers scrumhalf is suffering the same fate as the late Springbok No 9 Joost van de Westhuizen and founded the Ryan Walker Foundation to raise funds for research into the disease. For further details contact Richard Kohne at 076-174 8222 or email Richard.kohne10@gmail.com