Collegians and Elephants at Woodburn

2011-04-08 00:00

THE Maritzburg Collegians first XV will be looking to continue their unbeaten run in the KwaZulu-Natal first-division south-league competition when they take on Durban Varsity at Woodburn Stadium tomorrow at 8 pm.

On Saturday, at the same venue, PMB Elephants have the chance to build on their win over the Durban students last week when they meet Amanzimtoti in a much tougher fixture at 3 pm.

Collegians dealt with the unenviable task of taking on the tough Toti lads last Friday and the encounter was a triumph for head coach Rinier Bosman’s boys as they dealt the south coast team a comprehensive rugby lesson in a 32-15 win.

The Collegians pack has been the cornerstone of their success, along with a nine and 10 in Brendon Fourie and Conal Levine who have been given the consequent time and space to dictate matters behind the scrum and release the flying backs in left winger Richard Hayworth and company.

Durban Varsity are a much-improved side for the relative no-hopers of last year and they are unlikely to lie down and die in a hurry, so Collegians will need a decisive first 20 minutes to establish dominance for the rest of the encounter.

The Elephants will face up to a much-hyped Toti line-up that is hurting and a little bewildered after two successive home defeats, the Ballito Dolphins starting the rot a fortnight ago.

It won’t be easy for club chairperson Fanie Crous’s Elephants, but their impressive forward play and improving backs do give them hope in a match in which they will have to be at the top of their game.

The much-anticipated KZN Premier Division, under new sponsors, kicks off next Friday with PMB Varsity up against champions College Rovers at Peter Booysen Sports Park off Golf Road.

Post the match-intensive Varsity Shield series, the campus-based club have never been better prepared for a positive start to their domestic campaign, but Rovers will be the litmus test of where they stand at this stage of the year.

Meanwhile, one of Cape Town’s most well-known clubs, Hamiltons, meet Old Boys of Durban North in the curtain-raiser to the Sharks-Lions Super 15 match at the Absa Stadium on Saturday.

On their KZN tour so far, “Hamiltons have lost 22-17 to Durban Collegians and will be keen to scalp one of the Durban sides before their tour is completed.

 

 

FIXTURES

Friday: First Division South at 8 pm: PMB Collegians vs Durban Varsity (Woodburn Stadium); Hillcrest vs South Coast Warriors; Richards Bay vs Ballito Dolphins. Reserves: 6.30 pm.

Saturday: (Sharks vs Lions curtain-raiser) Durban Old Boys vs Hamiltons (Cape Town). First Division South at 3 pm: PMB Elephants vs Amanzimtoti (Woodburn Stadium); Wentworth vs Kokstad. Reserves: 1.30 pm.

 

RESULTS

KZN U20 A Frank Norris Cup: Old Boys 31 Pietermaritzburg 5; Empangeni 34 Dbn Collegians 36; Harlequins 14 College Rovers 39.

U20B: Empangeni 31 Dbn Collegians 7.

Premier Division friendly: Harlequins 26 College Rovers 39; Dbn Collegians 17 Hamiltons (Cape Town) 22. Reserves: Dbn Collegians 6 Hamiltons 42; Old Boys 20 Hamiltons 49.

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