Collegians make hard work of their win

2013-07-31 00:00

THERE was a smile on every dial at Maritzburg Collegians club in Boshoff Street on Saturday evening, after the red, black and white team made certain of avoiding the dreaded promotion/relegation battle.

This was the fruit of a spirited, hard-fought 21-10 victory over the determined North Coast Rhinos of Zululand, in a key Fidelity Security Moor Cup Premier Division match at Woodburn a few hours earlier, after an out-of-sorts Collegians trailed 10-0 at half time.

Referee Dawie Snyman of Southern KZN was forced to blow the whistle far too frequently for his liking, as both sides forgot the basics of passing and catching a rugby ball.

Perhaps it was the nature of the occasion, with Collegians knowing that victory would ensure that last place in the competition would be avoided. Much of the first half had too many handling errors.

Collegians had possession and territory advantage, but seven Rhinos scrums to Collegians’ one in the first quarter showed where the majority of errors came from. There were patches of good rugby, too.

The game broke open when Rhinos launched a sweeping back-line attack from the left that saw extra man Thulani Mdluli fly over. Flyhalf Corné Else converted and added a 40-metre penalty goal for the 10-point half-time lead.

At the break, Collegians’ coaches, Carel Nel and Rinier Bosman, had much to do, and it was Nel who read the team the riot act. The verbal jolt did the world of good as Collegians put together a couple of well-constructed thrusts for the try line before loose head Josh Caruth crashed over.

Collegians left winger Tim de la Hey added the first of three conversions. Another precision maul saw captain and lock forward Wade Schoeman breach the try line and De la Hey converted. Trailing 14-10, the Rhinos were two men short when Snyman banished the guilty for 10-minute cool- offs. De la Hey made the final score 21-10 in a better second half.

In Durban, College Rovers confirmed their eighth consecutive Premier Division title, while Amanzimtoti showed their intent to beat North Section winners Piet Retief in the final of the KZN First Division on August 9.


Premier Division: College Rovers 29 Dbn Collegians 0; Varsity College 25 UKZN Impi 3; Crusaders 30 Harlequins 24; PMB Collegians 21 Rhinos 10. Prem Div second XVs: Rovers 40 Dbn Collegians 3; UKZN Maritzburg 17 Varsity College 23; PMB Collegians 35 Rhinos 14. First Division South: Toti 65 Jaguars 10; Richards Bay 36 South Coast Warriors 17; Hillcrest 31 Westville Old Boys 24. First Div South second XVs: Toti (walkover) Jaguars; Richards Bay 65 SC Warriors 0; Hillcrest 52 WOB 6. U20A Div: UKZN Durban 5 Rovers 65; Dbn Collegians vs Quins (postponed).

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