Champs Rovers to face PMB Varsity this Friday

2010-06-02 00:00

WITH six rounds remaining in the KZN Premier Division’s Moor Cup competition, defending champions College Rovers lead Durban Collegians by four points.

The next group is Crusaders and Old Boys, separated by one point, and the third Zululand, Harlequins and Maritzburg Varsity, with a five-point difference. Jaguars have yet to score a point after eight matches.

Jaguars are a club in dire straits — at least in respect of winning matches — along with another club with a “development” background, the First Division’s Wentworth. Between the two, in equal competition (teams meeting equivalent-status teams) they have yet to win in some 46 matches.

Rovers drilled Quins 57-0 at the weekend; Durban Collegians edged Zululand 22-11, Maritzburg Varsity were undone 47-33 at Old Boys and Crusaders accounted for Jaguars 36-19.

Trailing 40-33 in the dying moments of a rousing match at Riverside Sports Club in Durban North, PMB Varsity were in with a chance of finishing on the losing side by seven points or less for the seventh time in eight matches.

It was perhaps for this reason — not wanting Varsity to pick up the close-but-no-cigar prize yet again — that scrumhalf Rory Bremner hoisted an up-andunder from his 22. The upshot was that Old Boys gathered and outstanding Sharks XV winger Lwazi Mvovo scored his third.

Varsity have started very badly in just about every game, their opponents getting out of sight before the students could haul them back in again, but never quite enough.

This Friday night it’s champs Rovers at Varsity Stadium in the Peter Booysen Sports Park off Golf Road at 8 pm, and Varsity head coach Dylan Campbell urged all Maritzburgers to come out in support. Despite the injury toll, the campus mentor said he has “a couple of tricks” up his sleeve.

The clubs then take a break until after the Fifa World Cup, when the knockout starts. During the soccer showpiece, the KZN Inter Sub-Unions’ senior and U21 competitions take place.

On Saturday at Woodburn, the Midlands Marauders tackle Southern KZN at 5 pm (U21) and 6.30 pm (First XV).

Durban Collegians won the U20A Division’s Frank Norris Cup, knocking usual suspects College Rovers off the throne, with Empangeni third. Winless Jaguars were last, 16 points behind Crusaders.

The Durban side were the only unbeaten team and won by a clear 10 points from Rovers. Pietermaritzburg came sixth in the eight-team competition, but a measure of the team’s success is the fact that had it not been for two shocking decisions they would have beaten Durban Collegians at Varsity.

Durban Collegians also won the U20B Division from perennial champs Rovers, while PMB ended fourth in the seven-team competition. Empangeni B won U20C Division, the U20s from that club, which is affiliated to Zululand Rhinos, showing what a group outside Durban can achieve with substantial financial backing. PMB Collegians were third and PMB Varsity fourth in that six-team competition. Kwantu won U20D with Newlands East Brumbies second.

The U20 knockout competition fixtures for this week had not been released at the time of going to press.

In the MRSU Third Division, Noodsberg and Bulls firsts are top after six rounds, with Voortrekker Old Boys a close third. Another club with development roots, the once-renowned Young Lions, are winless at the bottom.

Elephants top the Fourth Division with Collegians on their tail. Once again, most of that division’s “development” clubs are struggling a great deal.

RESULTS

KZN Premier Division: Rovers 57 Quins 0; Old Boys 47 PMB Varsity 33; DBN Coll 22 Zululand 11; Saders 36 Jags 19. Reserves: Rovers 103 Quins 0; Old Boys 6 PMB Varsity 8; DBN Coll 70 Zululand 17; Saders vs Jags (n/a). U20A Div: Rovers w/o Quins; DBN Coll 73 Empangeni 17; Saders vs Jags (n/a); Old Boys 46 Pietermaritzburg 22. U20B: Old Boys B 26 Pietermaritzburg B 5; Rovers B w/o Quins B; DBN Coll B 52 Toti A 7. U20C: Old Boys C vs PMB Varsity A (n/a); Pietermaritzburg C 15 Empangeni B 3.

FIXTURES

Friday – KZN Prem Div (8 pm): Harlequins vs Old Boys; Jaguars vs Durban Collegians; Maritzburg Varsity vs College Rovers; Zululand vs Crusaders. Reserves: from 6.30 pm.

Saturday – KZN Inter Sub-Union (Woodburn): Midlands Marauders U21 vs Southern KZN U21 (5 pm); first teams at 7 pm.

PREMIER DIVISION LOG

(After eight of 14 matches): 1 Rovers (182 points difference) 37 points; 2 DBN Collegians (114PD) 33 pts; 3 Crusaders (68PD) 25 pts; 4 Old Boys (36PD) 25 pts; 5 Zululand (-31PD) 15 pts; 6 Harlequins (-101PD) 15 pts; 7 PMB Varsity (-61PD) 10 pts; 8 Jaguars (-207PD) 0 pts.

Final U20A Div log (played 14): 1 D Coll 68 pts; 2 Rovers 58 pts; 3 Empangeni 46 pts; 4 Old Boys 43 pts; 5 Quins 29 pts; 6 Pietermaritzburg 20 pts; 7 Crusaders 18 pts; 8 Jaguars 2 pts.

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