Rain plagues games

2011-05-11 00:00

THE wet weather that has been plaguing club rugby in the opening rounds struck again at the Peter Booysen Sports Park off Golf Road on Friday night, and Maritzburg Varsity conceded two early goals to trail 14-0 in an eventual 24-13 loss to Old Boys of Durban North.

It is Varsity’s third Premier Division defeat in the three rounds played, and their nemesis — slow, ­error-ridden starts — let Old Boys in for two converted tries.

“Those couple of mistakes left us 14-0 down, but we kept plugging away and narrowed the gap to ­17-13 with 10 minutes to play,” said Varsity head coach Beans Bateman.

Then the ball spat out of the side of a ruck that Varsity had done well to turn over, and it presented itself for an Old Boys player to score.

Bateman was pleased that the boys didn’t drop their heads and while fullback Jaco Potgieter and flank Bobby Warnock won Varsity’s backline and forwards awards respectively, the coach said no one really stood out in what was a collective effort.

“The forwards were competent, our front-row did well, but it was difficult for the outside backs, as the ball was like a piece of soap.”

Bateman said that Old Boys have got a good loose forward in Brian Shabangu and the visitors were able to get a bit of momentum going. Varsity missed a couple of kickable penalties, but conditions were very difficult underfoot.

In the first two matches, Varsity worked hard against Rovers while mistakes cost them dearly against Harlequins who then ran away with it.

“We just need to learn how to win again,” Bateman added.

Durban Collegians lead the log table with SA and KZN club champions College Rovers in second place. They are the only sides that have yet to lose.

Meanwhile, there was much disappointment in the KZN First Division South, where a power failure at Hillcrest resulted in the hosts’ match against ­table-toppers PMB Collegians being postponed. The match will now be played next Wednesday afternoon.

There was no joy for PMB Elephants either, as opponents Wentworth pulled out of yet another fixture, while the Pietermaritzburg U20A match against Old Boys was postponed.

 

RESULTS

Premier Division: College Rovers 21 Harlequins 5; Durban Collegians 23 Zululand Rhinos 8; UKZN Maritzburg 13 Old Boys 24; Jaguars 8 Crusaders 31.

Reserves: Rovers 68 Harlequins 8; Dbn Collegians 33 Zululand 15; UKZN Maritzburg 15 Old Boys 5; Jaguars 19 Crusaders 22.

First Division South: South Coast Warriors 29 UKZN Durban 7; Hillcrest vs PMB Collegians (postponed); Wentworth vs PMB Elephants (walkover to Elephants); Richards Bay 16 Amanzimtoti 20.

Reserves: South Coast 35 UKZN Durban 8; Hillcrest vs PMB Collegians (postponed); Wentworth vs PMB Elephants (walkover to Elephants); Richards Bay 39 Toti 10.

U20A: College Rovers 19 Harlequins 6; Durban Collegians 6 Empangeni 31; Pietermaritzburg vs Old Boys (postponed).

U20B: College Rovers B 85 Harlequins B 6; Durban Collegians B 0 Empangeni B 14; South Coast 44 Toti 17.

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