Maritzburg Collegians in two finals this weekend

2013-09-05 00:00

THE Maritzburg Collegians first XV will defend their Junior Murray Cup title when they take on Vryheid in the 1.30 pm final at Riverside Sports Club in Durban North on Saturday.

It wasn’t a walk in the park for Collegians, who had to work very hard to beat a determined Hillcrest 22-10 in the semi-finals after leading 12-10 at half-time. Collegians’ points came from tries by left wing Khumbelani Molefe and a brace from flanker Chris Cousins. Scrumhalf Brendan Fourie kicked two penalties and a conversion with right wing Tim de la Hey also slotting a conversion.

A delighted PMB Collegians chairperson Didier Claite said it was a just reward for all the hard work put in during a long season by players, administrators and coaching staff.

“We have been on the wrong end of some very close games in the Fidelity Security Moor Cup Premier Division over the past two seasons, and it’s great to see the players reaping the rewards for their dedication and determination in the knockout tournaments,” said Claite, a former Collegians player.

He took over the reins this year from Tony Day, who resurrected the 110-year old club from the verge of folding.

There was another terrific battle of will and skill in the second Junior Murray Cup semi-final when the gutsy Vryheid had George Fritz to thank for their last-gasp 29-24 victory over their arch Northern KZN rivals, the Newcastle Highlanders.

The PMB Collegians second XV are also through to the KZN Rugby Union Finals Day at Riverside after defeating Hillcrest seconds 19-10 in a close-run Keith Parkinson Cup semi-final encounter. The red, black and white will tackle Sentraal of Dundee, who are in the final for the first time in a decade, in the trophy match at 10.45 am on Saturday on Riverside’s number two field.

Sentraal played Winterton-based club Drakensberg in that thriller 10 years ago, and Drakensberg are also in a final on Saturday, where they will take on Pinetown in the Findlay Cup final at 1.45 pm.

Meanwhile, the premier cup knock-out competition, the Castle Murray Cup, will see old foes College Rovers and Durban Collegians muscle up in the match of the day at 3.30 pm.

Rovers nailed down 11 tries in their 73-0 semi-final win over the gallant giant killers from Piet Retief, who had knocked over the KZN capital’s Premier Division sides Collegians and UKZN Impi in the preliminary rounds.

A depleted Durban Collegians ground out a 39-15 victory over a willing Zululand Rhinos in the other semi-final.

SEMI-FINAL RESULTS

Murray Cup: College Rovers 73 Piet Retief 0; Durban Collegians 39 Zululand Rhinos 15. Peter Taylor Trophy: Rovers II 73 Pongola 6; Varsity College 73 Zululand Rhinos 0. Junior Murray Cup: PMB Collegians 22 Hillcrest 10; Vryheid 29 Newcastle Highlanders 24. Keith Parkinson Cup: Sentraal 24 Newcastle Highlanders II 19; PMB Collegians 19 II Hillcrest II 10. Findlay Cup: Drakensburg 39 Eshowe 16.

FINALS

(All at Riverside Sports Club, Durban North)

Castle Murray Cup: Durban Collegians vs College Rovers (4.30 pm). Junior Murray Cup: PMB Collegians vs Vryheid (1.30 pm). Peter Taylor Trophy: Varsity College II vs Rovers II (noon). Keith Parkinson Cup: PMB Collegians II vs Sentraal (10.45 am). Findlay Cup: Pinetown vs Drakensberg (1.45 pm). Ashley Bowls Cup: Amabubeshi U19 vs Clermont U19 (12.15 am).

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