Historic PMB derby tonight

2012-04-20 00:00

THE long-awaited Derby Cup match between two of the province’s oldest rugby clubs, Maritzburg Collegians and PMB Varsity, takes place tonight at the Peter Booysen Sports Park off Golf Road.

The Derby Cup is a floating trophy contested between the KwaZulu-Natal capital’s two top teams, and the contests between the 109-year-old PMB Collegians and the 101-year-old PMB Varsity go back decades.

The match is also part of the Fidelity Security Premier Division season, which gives the encounter added significance as precious log points are at stake, as well as the prestige of claiming the impressive trophy that goes to the best Pietermaritzburg club team.

Varsity head coach Shawn van Rensburg can’t wait for kick-off.

“We have had good training sessions and go into this big match against our neighbours Maritzburg Collegians looking for nothing less than maximum points,” said the campus-based side’s new mentor.

The Whites have reason to be confident after they thrashed Crusaders last week, while Collegians are back in the premier division for the first time in years.

However, Collegians head coach Rinier Bosman also has reason to be optimistic, as the red, black and whites outplayed the Zululand Rhinos last time out and his pack of forwards are fast developing a reputation as a formidable unit.

There is so much more than just the rugby to savour on this occasion as former Varsity legends Craig Jamieson and Gary Teichmann recall.

Teichmann, the former Sharks and Boks captain, said the atmosphere and crowd participation made the derby a highlight of his Varsity career.

“Aside from that, traditionally we struggled up front against Collegians but had more flair in the backs.

“It will be interesting to see if that is still the case. It was always a bit of an upset when we won, so that’s what made the match so challenging,” said the former number eight.

Jamieson, who captained Natal to their first Currie Cup title in the province’s 100th year back in 1990, said it was always a great day for club rugby in Pietermaritzburg.

“There is so much history in this match,” said the former scrumhalf.

“In my day I think back to Collegians captain Laurie Sharp, Johnny Mullis, Sarel Erwee, and Varsity’s Graham Hefer, Alan Faber, Tony Watson, to name a few.

“I am sure this derby match will live up to the occasion.”

Varsity have laid on special Old Boys’ areas for the clubs’ former players, who are expected to arrive in their numbers, while there is music and much more on offer for the fans.

Entrance is free. The second teams kick off at 6.30 pm with the PMB Derby Cup match starting at 8 pm.

The splendid trophy will be handed to the winning captain after the final whistle.

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.