Midlands Marauders mauledin Vryheid

2010-06-16 00:00

THE Midlands Marauders were picked apart by the Northern KZN Lammergeyer in the second round of the Ebbo Bastard Inter-Sub Unions Trophy in Vryheid on Saturday.

The vultures from up north preyed mercilessly on their weakened opponents from the KZN capital with the Pietermaritzburg-based first team on the receiving end of a 52-20 defeat and the U21s going down 47-10.

The omens were not good from the outset. Both major suppliers to the Woodburn-based team, PMB Collegians and Varsity, have a host of players out recovering from injury in a bid to be fresh for the second phase of the club season.

Consequently, taking depleted sides to the Vryheid fortress is tantamount to suicide and the host union took full advantage.

Midlands first-team coach Dylan Campbell told The Witness that he was forced to field five U21s in his starting line-up and had a virtually non-existent bench.

“We were outscrummed by their very big pack of forwards, but to be honest we were still in it when trailing 19-10 … two quick tries killed us off.

“ I said to the guys afterwards that even at the best of times you don’t win in Vryheid easily, so they mustn’t be too downhearted.”

For Marauders U21, without their coach Steve Botha, who was attending a rugby week in Reitz in a bid to do some talent spotting for the Midlands Rugby Academy, it was also a feeling of being sliced and diced by a brawny bunch of buzzards.

With a much weakened side, Midlands were struggling to get their game together and within 10 minutes they were two tries down.

Subsequently the outstanding Marauders U21 forward, Bobby Warnock, dotted down for the visitors and they had most of the possession for the remainder of the first half, but were unable to turn it into points — simple handling errors letting them down.

“The Lammergeyer made the most of our mistakes and inadequate defence was a big problem,” Warnock said.

Meanwhile, Durban Collegians made it three trophies so far this season with their wins in the finals of the KZN U20A and B knock-out competitions.

The U20A final went 2010 league champions Collegians’ way 37-24 after they were locked 16-16 at full-time in front of a huge club crowd in what was a thrilling showdown with defending champs College Rovers.

The U20B trophy is now also in Collegians’ trophy cabinet after they downed league winners Rovers 23-18 in the final.

RESULTS

Round 2 – First XV: Southern KZN 20 Zululand 25; North KZN Lammergeyer 52 Midlands 20. U21: Southern KZN 27 Zululand 14; Lammergeyer 47 Midlands 10.

Round 1 – First XV: Durban 21 Lammergeyer 26; Midlands 15 Southern KZN 13. U21: Durban 12 Lammergeyer 42; Midlands 16 Southern KZN 20.

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