Murray Cup: Piet Retief take match in extra time after hard-fought game

2013-08-22 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal first division north section winners Piet Retief took the honours against sixth-placed KZN Premier Division team Maritzburg Collegians by a 24-10 scoreline at their Northern KZN stronghold last weekend to qualify for Saturday’s Castle Murray Cup quarter-finals.

The score was 10-10 at full-time before Piet Retief added another 14 points in extra time. The man of the match was Piet Retief’s Jannie Greyling.

The PMB Collegians lads now drop down to the Junior Murray Cup competition. They will face Westville at 3 pm on Saturday on their Woodburn Stadium turf.

To make the victory even sweeter for coach Johan Bender’s Piet Retief team, they were drawn to host UKZN Impi in the quarter-finals at 3 pm on Saturday. The Impi qualified for the quarter-finals after beating a gallant Westville Old Boys 47-30; the students’ Yandisa Mdolomba won the player accolade.

Elsewhere, Moor Cup Premier Division champions College Rovers put 10 tries past home team Amanzimtoti in a 64-7 victory at a festive Toti rugby ground. The Rovers tries went to centre Nick Jackson (3), player of the match Gavin Scott (2), Anton Verster (2), Eric Ngoie, Juan Language and Kelvin Adam. Toti centre Wimpie Pretorius scored his side’s lone try.

Durban Collegians outplayed Richards Bay 59-10, nailing down eight tries in the process; Collegians flyhalf Duncan Campbell was the stand-out player.

Collegians’ tries went to Dean Stow, Gary Collins, Lindani Mdlalose, Skholiwe Ndlovu, Brendon Groenewald, Jacques Taylor, Francois Kleynhans and Dylan Nel.

Zululand Rhinos beat home side Ballito Dolphins 61-5 with four-try Thulani Mduli named as the outstanding player.

The Rhinos’ five other tries went to Thokozani Mduli, Franz du Preez, Michael Nyschens, Ado Wessels and Sam Goodwin.

In the other Murray Cup qualifier matches, Crusaders beat Hillcrest 59-10, Varsity College beat hosts Vryheid 62-5 and Harlequins were given a work-out before coming away from northern KZN with a 22-8 victory over Newcastle Highlanders.

In Durban, Crusaders Rugby Club prepare for a stern test against College Rovers on Saturday in their quarter-final showdown at Rovers, kicking off at 2.30 pm.

The boys from Durban North are not lacking in confidence, following a first round demolition of Hillcrest last Saturday, winning 74-5 at Shongweni.

Rovers, while smarting from a 75-0 loss to Saracens at the Liv Village charity match last week, are never to be under estimated and have not been a champion club in recent years without merit.

It’s a knock-out encounter and a loss for either side spells exit from the competition. Crusaders coach Lodewyk Riekert has no intentions of his team’s challenge falling short on Saturday and wants to be in the draw for the semi- finals being made at King’s Park on Monday afternoon.

Riekert’s side is a mix of experience and youth, with players of SA Schools pedigree and provincial experience in the line-up.

Murray Cup quarter-final on Saturday (all 3 pm on Saturday):

Piet Retief vs UKZN Impi.

Rovers vs Crusaders.

Durban Collegians vs Varsity College.

Zululand Rhinos vs Harlequins.

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