Old Boys give Rovers a scare

2008-07-28 00:00

THE much-anticipated U20A Division club rugby knockout final for the Basil Medway Trophy lived up to expectations at King’s Park’s Absa Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

For those who watched this precursor to the Sharks/Lions Currie Cup match, the feeling was strong that they had seen the better of the two clashes that afternoon.

Old Boys, who beat Rovers on the perennial U20 league champions’ home turf in the last round of that competition’s Frank Norris Cup, had served notice that they were serious challengers for the knockout title.

“The final was a very good game of rugby,” was how the KZN Rugby Union’s Albert Hanekom summed it up.

“Rovers eventually beat Old Boys 27-22, but it was a close-run thing and the winners knew they had been in a contest.”

Rovers have reclaimed the league and cup double after relinquishing that crown last year when Durban Collegians surprised them in the U20A final.

PMB Collegians went down 41-11 on Friday night to Premier Division promotion/relegation challengers Hillcrest in the First Division’s Junior Murray Cup quarter-finals.

First Division champs Hillcrest meet Premier Division wooden spoonists PMB Varsity on Friday, August 15 in what will be — for so many reasons — an emotionally charged encounter at the campus-based club’s headquarters in the Peter Booysen Sports Park, off Golf Road.

Meanwhile, the Midlands Rugby Sub-union derby between PMB Waratahs and PMB Collegians on Woodburn’s number two field on Friday night went the way of Waratahs by a slender 16-14 margin.

This match-up was an U20C Division knockout quarter-final in the quest for the Chris Edwards Cup.

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