Locals must support their teams

2012-07-19 00:00

THE two KZN Premier Division teams from Pietermaritzburg experienced contrasting results in the latest round of the competition, with Collegians going down to log-leaders College Rovers at Woodburn, and PMB Varsity outplaying Harlequins in Durban.

PMB Varsity beat Quins 49-12 in a game played in memory of George van Rensburg, father of the campus club’s head coach, Shawn van Rensburg. Varsity cemented themselves in fourth place on the Premier Division log and look unlikely to lose that position as the competition draws to a close.

PMB Collegians went down 76-12 to Rovers. The red, black and whites of Collegians will now likely play the promotion/relegation match against the winners of the First Division North/South playoff, which is scheduled to take place on July 28. It is most unfortunate that Collegians are in this position, having been on the receiving end of contentious refereeing decisions in some very close games.

July 28 will see Collegians tackle Crusaders at Woodburn, while Varsity’s scheduled match on the same day against Zululand Rhinos will have to be played on another date, possibly July 31.

The PMB Varsity (or UKZN) side tackle the University of North West’s Vaal campus first XV in the Varsity Shield promotion/relegation match on July 28, at the Peter Booysen Sports Park off Golf Road.

That promotion/relegation match, along with the Premier Division promotion/relegation match that Collegians will likely play in — should the North/South winners want to challenge them — are clashes that must see every single rugby-loving member of the public in the KZN capital. They should come out in support of the local teams, as the damage done to club rugby in PMB will be enormous should the PMB teams be relegated. Relegation means that due to the nature of the event and circumstances of the competitions, it will be very difficult for either PMB side to make a return to the respective competitions.

This Saturday, PMB Collegians are away to Durban Collegians, while PMB Varsity tackle Varsity College.

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