Perennial KZNRU club rugby front runners in the local leagues College Rovers and SA Home Loans Durban Collegians found themselves on the losing end in the opening round of the annual Flya knockout competition last Friday evening at Crusaders Rugby Club in Durban North
In an evening with strict Covid 19 protocols in place the opening game saw Varsity College getting the better of College Rovers, beating the side who had last won the competition in 2019, 17-7. Rovers fielding a young new look outfit having their first run of the season looked a little out of sorts while Varsity College on the other hand looked far better prepared.
Varsity College led 8-7 at the break and it looked as if the game could go either way with both sides scoring a try apiece, but ill discipline led largely to the downfall of Rovers with Divan Meintjies slotting four winning penalties and so securing a well deserved victory. Rovers however did do enough to suggest that the Fidelity Services Moor Cup Premiere Division is going to be keenly contested.
In the main game Vox Crusaders and Durban Collegian went into extra time after level pegging 20 all on full time in a tense and thrilling game. With no score added in extra time Crusaders took the honors after winning a kickoff.
The final round will be played on Friday evening starting at 6pm with Crusaders up against Varsity College and Collegians facing Rovers.