Collegians give Quins a fright

2012-04-04 00:00

THE newly promoted Maritzburg Collegians first XV gave fancied Harlequins a run for their money in the opening round of the KZN Premier Division at Woodburn Stadium on Saturday.

Quins ended fourth in the KZN Premier Division last year, while PMB Collegians won promotion to the top echelon of KZN club rugby after a triumphant run to the KZN First Division title.

While Quins scored five tries to two, their 32-17 victory does not tell the full story of how tight this match was.

“Quins scored two soft tries, and scoring either side of half-time showed that we lost our concentration when it was most needed,” Collegians president Tony Day told The Witness.

“It was a match we felt we had lost, rather than Quins had won,” said Day. “But a massive thing for us was our second team beating Quins 22-11 in the curtain-raiser in their first match at this level. Both our first and second team packs shunted the Quins eights off the ball, although we need to work on our lineouts.”

The first team encounter surprised Quins, who no doubt expected an easier outing against the Premier Division rookies. There were lots of positives for Collegians, although Day said head coach Rinier Bosman was disappointed in that he felt the errors had cost the red, black and whites an invaluable win in a season where the Premier Division newcomers want to stay clear of the relegation zone.

“We were not disciplined enough when it mattered,” said Day.

Meanwhile, former PMB Varsity flank Shaq Tshabalala scored three tries in reigning champions College Rovers’ 66-14 win over a Maritzburg Varsity side that opted to rest several players after the gruelling Varsity Shield campaign. For home side Varsity, the try scorers were Robert Warnock and Yandisa Mdolomba. Sipho Evans added the conversions.

The other Premier Division matches saw Old Boys beat Zululand Rhinos 25-19 in Empangeni, and last year’s runners-up Durban Collegians downed a depleted Crusaders 74-0.

In the KZN U20A Division, College Rovers beat Harlequins 26-17, while Old Boys beat Midlands 61-5. The Crusaders versus Durban Collegians match was postponed. In the KZN First Division, Hillcrest beat PMB Waratahs 35-7, while Richards Bay beat Durban Varsity 32-5. No matches were possible on the south coast because of the damage done by the heavy rain.

CORERS

PMB Collegians 17

Tries: Rikus Janse van Rensburg, Calvin Channing. Conversions: Tim Moore (2). Penalty: Moore.

Harlequins 32

Tries: Malcolm Moore (2), Stephen Willemse, Morne van de Bergh, Sibogile Njomba. Conversions: Van de Bergh (2). Penalty: Van de Bergh.

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