Pietermaritzburg Collegians destroy Amanzimoti’s challenge

2011-04-06 00:00

THE Maritzburg Collegians first XV won a crucial KwaZulu-Natal first-division­ south club rugby match last Friday night when they beat the uncompromisng, ambitious Aman-zimtoti line-up 32-15.

The powerful Collegians forwards destroyed the Toti challenge upfront, shunting the coastal side backwards at will.

In-form Collegians inside centre Rikus Janse van Rensburg tore the Toti backs apart, while the outstanding forward was the former centre Adriaan Rossouw, whose move to the back of the scrum a season or so ago was an inspired move by head coach Rinier Bosman.

Scrumhalf Brendon Fourie scored a superlative try, his sniping breaks a feature of the match.

Collegians hooker Willem Pieterse was rampant in the tight-loose, literally running over the desperate Toti tacklers, while flyhalf Conal Levine delivered­ another immaculate performance with ball in hand and via the boot.

The super-cool Levine is making all his tackles, distributing the ball with precision and with timing that suggests­ that he is reading the game well.

Lock forward Vossie Voos had another standout match, hitting an incredible 25 rucks during the encounter, which again underlines his superb­ fitness and consequent high work rate.

Captain and hooker Charl Bezuidenhout­ was rested and the dynamic­ front-row forward is expected­ to make his first appearance of the season for the seconds this weekend.

Great care is being taken to ensure that the former Natal Schools’ front-row man only gets back on the park once he is fully over his Achilles tendon injury.

The red, black and whites’ second team went down 7-6, but there is concern that for the third match in a row Collegians were penalised to a ridiculous degree, this time with a scarcely believable penalty count against them of 57-6.

There is also concern that what appears to be biased refereeing is being targeted at Collegians seconds, whose forwards have completely dominated in their matches.

Collegians face Durban Varsity at Woodburn on Friday night with the firsts at 8 pm and the seconds at 6.30 pm.

At Woodburn, Pietermaritzburg Elelephants broke their duck with an important 6-0 win against the revamped Durban Varsity squad.

Two penalty goals by Willem van Zanten did the trick after the Elelphants­ forwards dominated the match.

The Elelphants backline are still making unforced errors, but are improving every week.

The Elephants meet Toti at 3.30 pm at Woodburn on Saturday with the seconds at 2 pm.

No other results were available.

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