Collegians scoop all four midlands KO trophies

2009-08-19 00:00

MARITZBURG Collegians Rugby Club celebrated last Friday after they won all four cup knockout trophies on offer in the midlands.

Firsts, seconds (both vs PMB Varsity), thirds (vs Young Lions) and U20s (vs PMB Waratahs) are the recipients.

Collegians firsts lost 34-8 to Varsity in the planned York and Lancaster Cup main match to determine the top club team in the midlands, but PMB Varsity had already forfeited the trophy to Collegians, firsts and seconds, as they had decided to field a combined UKZN first XV.

The reason? Challengers UKZN were preparing for the impending Varsity Cup promotion/relegation home and away matches against this year’s top eight wooden spoonists, Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), and they saw the Collegians clash as a useful warm-up.

It is sad in terms of the history and local prestige that goes with the York and Lancaster Cup, but understandable in the bigger picture of the province’s university giving themselves the best possible chance of qualifying for the prestigious Varsity Cup.

The UKZN first XV take on TUT in the first leg at 7 pm in Pretoria tonight, and meet them again in the return leg at Varsity Stadium off Golf Road at 3 pm on Saturday, August 29.

After much uncertainty, the Varsity Cup rules have been clarified. Such is the importance of the match for UKZN, it is not pedantic, but necessary to mention the following: No player turning 26 or more in 2009 is eligible; the player must be registered with the relevant club from April 1 this year; no player from affiliated clubs that play as lone standing clubs in a local league is allowed to be transferred to the club; at least five of the 22 players must be of a colour other than white, and at least three of those players have to be on the field at all times.

The league point system is as follows: four points for a win, two points for a draw, one point for four tries or more; and one point if the team loses by fewer than seven points.

The points difference is considered as if all are equal; if all are exactly equal after that, the team that played in the Varsity Cup in 2009 (TUT)will play again in 2010.

KZN FINALS RESULTS

Murray Cup: College Rovers 34 (4) Old Boys 34 (3). Score 24-24 at full-time, extra-time played and Rovers awarded trophy 4-3 on try count. Reserve: Rovers II 16 Old Boys II 19. Junior Murray Cup: Vryheid 40 South Coast 28. Pongola 25 Amanzimtoti II 43. Third Division: Drakensberg 27 Matatiele 39.

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