Durban Collegians’ half-backs run riot in derby at Woodburn

2013-05-14 00:00

IT was a tough afternoon for Maritzburg Collegians’ players and fans at Woodburn on Saturday as the home team lost 42-5 to Durban Collegians in the Fidelity Security Moor Cup feature match of the day, but no one could fault the spirit of the men from the KZN capital.

The weather didn’t make for flowing rugby, but the Durban lads took control of the match from the start to create enough space and time for half-backs Werner Botha and Calvin Sacks to have a field day.

Flyhalf Sacks had a faultless afternoon with the boot, slotting all seven conversions on offer and helping himself to a brace of tries for a personal tally of 24 points. Scrumhalf Botha exploited the surfeit of possession provided by his pack of forwards to wrestle his way over for a brace of tries. The rest of the tries went to number eight and man of the match Brandon Backeberg, flanker Dylan Nel and lock forward Brendon Groenewald.

The absence due to injury of captain and abrasive lock forward Jean Vosloo, as well as dynamic hooker Dylan Pieterse, was a contributing factor to PMB Collegians’ difficulties.

The PMB men were rewarded for their efforts with a superb try by fullback Brent Kay, who showed great skill in hanging on to a fine cross-kick from centre Tiaan Moore before beating the Durban Collegians cover on the outside.

Up at the Peter Booysen Sports Park, the University of KZN Impi ran into a very strong College Rovers line-up that played some stunning rugby to race in for nine tries in their 57-5 victory.

The UKZN Impi will get a chance to make amends when they take on Durban Collegians in Saturday’s Fidelity Security Moor Cup feature match of the day at the Howard College campus in Durban. Also on offer between the two teams will be the annual Jes Foord Cup.

UKZN will have eight of their teams playing on the day, including teams from the Maritzburg, Durban and Westville campuses, as well as some women’s rugby. All bar proceeds will go towards the Rugby against Rape Project.

Other Fidelity Security Moor Cup results: Crusaders 34 Varsity College 24; Harlequins 22 Zululand Rhinos 11.

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