Collegians top KZN first division south log after tough encounter with plucky Elephants

2010-04-27 00:00

THE Maritzburg derby between Collegians and Elephants ended in a 33-0 win for the former and propelled them to the top of the KZN First Division South Section log.

A chilly Woodburn Stadium was host to a decent crowd last Friday evening as Collegians scored five tries without reply. They led 12-0 at half-time in a hard-fought match in which underdogs the Elephants never threw in the towel.

The Collegians pack dominated the set-pieces and the front-foot ball enabled in-form hooker and captain Charl Bezuidenhout’s team to launch numerous attacking moves, a number of which resulted in tries from plays near their opponents’ tryline.

However, there was some cheer for the Elephants when their second side played spirited rugby to shade the more fancied Collegians’ second XV line-up 14-10.

In KZN Premier Division action, the much-improved Maritzburg Varsity squad were again on the wrong end of a narrow result, this time going down 15-8 to third-placed Crusaders in Durban North.

Varsity were hampered by a key injury in the second half that arguably cost them the game.

Durban Collegians lie in second place, pipped by the narrowest of margins by defending champs College Rovers, and they present Varsity with another formidable challenge at the Varsity Stadium come 3.30 pm on Saturday. That said, Varsity have shown they are capable of testing the best sides to the full, and coach Dylan Campbell and company will no doubt be working hard this week ahead of what could be a pivotal game.

Back to the match at Woodburn … Collegians flank Adriaan Rossouw, who has made an excellent switch from his previous midfield position, opened the scoring when he bashed over from a five-metre lineout. The Elephants had a good chance when a Collegians chip into space went pear-shaped, but a dropped ball cost the losers. Lock Justin Wendover and rangy loose forward Justin Smith completely ruled the lineouts from pinpoint throws by Bezuidenhout, while tightheads were beginning to come on song as well.

Concerted pressure led to a try by centre Leroy Donnelly, and after the changeover fellow centre Abrie Brouwer crossed for the first of his two tries. His second touchdown was the best of the evening as the ball went through half a dozen hands from inside the Collegians’ 22.

Bezuidenhout barged over for Collegians’ final try after his side had been camped in the Elephants’ 22 for some time and scrumhalf Ross Ashton slotted his fourth conversion.

Collegians have opened a four-point lead on the log, with South Coast Warriors, who have played one more game, lying second followed by Hillcrest, Amanzimtoti and the Ballito Dolphins. The PMB Elephants lie eighth and Kokstad seventh in the nine-team league.

Collegians have a tricky match on Saturday afternoon when they tackle Ballito at 3.30 pm at Woodburn Stadium.

In the U20A Division, Maritzburg coach Steve Botha said a much improved Crusaders team gave the PMB team a hard time last Thursday evening.

“The weather and injuries to key players did not help matters either,” Botha added.

Crusaders won 33-21 in Durban North after leading 19-7 at the break.

Maritzburg’s tries were scored by scrumhalf Calvin Channing and replacement loose forward Damien Hoarau (a great team try) with Jaco Potgieter and Dirkie Grobler kicking the rest of the points.

KZN PREMIER DIVISION LOG

(All played 3; points difference, points): 1 College Rovers 63GD, 14 pts; 2 Durban Collegians 60GD, 14 pts); 3 Crusaders 43GD, 13 pts; 4 Old Boys 10GD, 9 pts; 5 Harlequins –37GD, 5 pts; 6 PMB Varsity –16GD, 2 pts; 7 Zululand –34GD, 2 pts; 8 Jaguars –79GD, 0 pts.

RESULTS

Prem Div: DBN Collegians 17 Old Boys 5; Crusaders 15 PMB Varsity 8; Jaguars 13 Harlequins 36; Zululand Rhinos 12 College Rovers 18. Reserves: DBN Collegians 26 Old Boys 17; Crusaders 12 PMB Varsity 27; Jaguars 0 Harlequins 64; Zululand Rhinos 0 College Rovers 45. First Div South: South Coast 56 Wentworth 7; Ballito 5 Hillcrest 17; PMB Elephants 0 PMB Collegians 33. Reserves: South Coast walkover Wentworth; Ballito 0 Hillcrest 36; PMB Elephants 14 PMB Collegians 10. U20B: DBN Collegians 62 Old Boys 15; Empangeni 10 College Rovers 27; Jaguars 7 Harlequins 84; Crusaders 33 Pietermaritzburg 21. U20B: DBN Coll 24 Old Boys 15; Amanzimtoti 7 Rovers 54; South Coast walkover Harlequins. U20C: Empangeni 15 Hillcrest 10.

FIXTURES

Saturday - Prem Div (3.30 pm, except at Old Boys): Rovers vs Jags; Quins vs Saders; PMB Varsity vs DBN Collegians (3.30 pm Varsity Stadium); Old Boys vs Zululand (5 pm). Reserves 2 pm. First Div South (3.30 pm): South Coast vs Hillcrest; PMB Collegians vs Ballito (3.30 pm Woodburn Stadium); Kokstad vs D Var; Wentworth vs Toti. Reserves 2 pm. U20A: Pietermaritzburg vs Durban Collegians (12.30 pm Varsity); Rovers vs Jags; Quins vs Saders; Old Boys vs Empangeni. U20B: Pietermaritzburg vs Durban Collegians (3.30 pm Varsity B field); Rovers B vs South Coast. U20C: PMB Varsity vs PMB Collegians (3.30 pm Varsity B field).

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