Harlequins pose serious threat to high-riding Varsity tonight

2012-05-11 00:00

THE Maritzburg Varsity first XV have a tough match on their hands at 8.30 tonight when they take on Harlequins in a KZN Premier Division match at Peter Booysen Sports Park off Golf Road.

Head coach Shawn van Rensburg’s Varsity squad are riding high and lie in second place on the log after their remarkable victory over Durban Collegians in Durban last time out, their first win over this side at their Durban stronghold in 15 years. Quins are in fourth place in the eight-team competition and they pose a serious threat to the campus-based club maintaining their excellent start to the season.

Newly promoted PMB Collegians are away to perennial champions College Rovers in the 8 pm match on King’s Park 3 in Durban and this will be a tough one as Rovers have their Sharks XV players back in harness.

They barely need them anyway, but such is the imbalance in making these players available to all the clubs on an equitable basis; “the rich” simply get richer.

Nevertheless, Collegians have had an encouraging start to the season and they lie in sixth place, ahead of Zululand Rhinos and bottom-placed Crusaders. Head coach Rinier Bosman and the lads have successfully proven that they deserve to be in the Premier Division and their losses have come about to some extent due to an inability to finish off promising try-scoring moves.

With more experience they will learn how to rectify this problem.

In KZN First Division South action, bottom-placed PMB Waratahs will be looking for a first win of the season when they tackle Amanzimtoti at Woodburn 2 at 8 pm. This won’t be easy as Toti lie in second position behind pacesetters Durban Varsity.

Next Saturday PMB Varsity are holding what promises to be a fun-filled alumni and family day. Contact rugby administrator Shane le Breton at pmbrugby@ukzn.ac.za for details.

PMB Collegians are set to host Durban Collegians at Woodburn on the same day in what will be the first time the sides have met in many years. The Collegians’ Derby Day also promises to be well worth attending.

FIXTURES

Today — Premier Division (8 pm unless stated): PMB Varsity vs Harlequins (Peter Booysen Sports Park 8.30 pm); College Rovers vs PMB Collegians (King’s Park 3); Durban Collegians vs Old Boys (KP10); Crusaders vs Zululand Rhinos (’Saders 8.30 pm). Reserves 6.30 pm or 7 pm. First Division South (8 pm): PMB Waratahs vs Amanzimtoti (Woodburn 2); Jaguars vs Ballito Dolphins. Reserves 6.30 pm. U20A Division (6.30 pm): College Rovers vs Harlequins (KP4); Durban Collegians vs Crusaders (KP6); Old Boys vs Midlands (Riverside). U20B Division: PMB Varsity vs Harlequins B (Peter Booysen 6.30 pm); Durban Collegians B vs Old Boys B (8 pm KP6).

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