College Rovers wrap up Premier League title

2009-07-21 00:00

THE College Rovers first XV wrapped up the Moor Cup Premier Division title with one round to spare at Riverside (old Tungay Park) on Saturday afternoon.

Home side Old Boys came at them hard, but Rovers know how to win important matches and were able to triumph 18-12 by the final whistle.

Rovers now have something of an anti-climax on Saturday afternoon when they meet Durban North rivals Crusaders at 3 pm, but at least it serves to give them a chance to relax in their final league match on King’s Park 3 and show their fans why they are the Moor Cup champions.

For Old Boys, it’s a case of going back to the drawing board as the amalgamation of DHS Old Boys and Glenwood Old Boys into a “SuperClub” a few years ago has still to usurp the champion KZN rugby club title away from their arch-rivals Rovers.

With Maritzburg Varsity having a bye and finishing their Premier Division season this Saturday with a fixture against Harlequins on the Bluff, the focus in PMB was on the local derby between PMB Collegians and PMB Waratahs.

Unfortunately for the Woodburn crowd, the clash never reached the excitement levels of the first-round fixture, a close affair in which the rugby was gripping club sport in the true sense of the word with neither side giving an inch.

This time round the obvious favourites, Collegians, never gave the Waratahs a sniff and 80 minutes later it was six tries to one and a 41-10 scoreline for coach Rinier Bosman’s men.

Underrated young Collegians outside centre Nick Dewing, a worthy product of the Midlands Rugby Academy run by Steve Botha and Ralph Cawood, ran in four tries and was the deserved backline player of the match. Up front the consistent Jean Vosloo — a lock forward who doesn’t stand back for anyone — won the forward of the match honours to wrap up the First Division South season.

For Pietermaritzburg Varsity, the wooden spoonists in the Premier Division for the second consecutive year, there is a ray of sunshine emerging from the ever-present cloud that has enveloped the club’s fortunes over the last two years.

Indications are that neither First Division South champions Amanzimtoti nor First Division North winners Vryheid, who play for the Dewar Shield on Saturday in order to determine the First Division’s outright winners, want to challenge Varsity to a promotion/relegation match.

RESULTS

Prem Div: Crusaders 27 Zululand 10; Old Boys 12 College Rovers 18; Dbn Collegians 52 Harlequins 24. U20A KO semi-finals: Rovers 38 D Coll 24; OB 41 Quins 41 (after extra-time Quins win on 6-5 try-count). First Div South: PMB Collegians 41 PMB Waratahs 10; Hillcrest 35 South Coast 22; Dbn Varsity 36 Ballito 29; Wentworth 0 Kokstad 17.

FIXTURES

Saturday — Prem Div (3 pm): Rovers vs Saders; Zululand vs Old Boys; Jaguars vs Durban Collegians; Harlequins vs PMB Varsity.

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