Ebbo Bastard Trophy on the table again

2008-08-28 00:00

FRIDAY night sees the return of the Ebbo Bastard Trophy club rugby competition, this time at the Douglas Mitchell grounds in Port Shepstone.

Midlands first XV meet their Southern KZN counterparts at 8.30 pm in a bid to get their Ebbo Bastard campaign back on track, while the respective U21 sub-union teams tackle each other in the 7 pm kick-off.

The competitions involved Friday night are for a stake in the outcome of the inter sub-unions battles that involve South KZN, Midlands, Northern KZN, Durban and Zululand.

Midlands first XV plumbed new depths in their last encounter, a near-farcical affair with upcountry rivals North KZN. It was not the performance of the Midlands eight, but rather the rank ineptness of the backline that drew groans of frustration from the meagre crowd of Woodburn faithful.

Midlands’ pack dominated all facets, but the backs stumbled and bumbled as countless try-scoring opportunities were left on the table in a painful 31-15 defeat to the men from Vryheid, Newcastle and surrounds.

So, the competitiveness of the forwards in the capital city is not in question, as they have generally held their own in their respective club leagues – Maritzburg Varsity being the lone PMB Premier Division offering, and Waratahs and Collegians in the First Division.

However, in the last 12 years of monitoring the best — and more frequently in recent times, the worst — club rugby from the windy stands in the cold PMB winters, there has seldom been such a paucity of backline skills. The faithful have long tried to put a finger on this throughout a dreary winter for PMB club rugby supporters, but it is difficult to know where to start when one sees, week in and week out, the same technical flaws from the same players.

Let us be clear: this is not an “attack” on backline player effort or commitment, but a concern borne out of shared frustration by faithful supporters that nothing seems to be changing.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.