Shining example of rugby development in home side win

2010-07-14 00:00

THERE was never any other winner than the home side, seventh-placed Maritzburg Varsity, as they outplayed third-placed Crusaders in the Premier Division match on Saturday.

Varsity led from the start and left 25 gilt-edged points on the table in beating Saders 23-19.

The Durban North side had two chances, both totally against the run of play, and scored twice from very deep.

Varsity lock Chris Ndlovu, a Midlands Rugby Academy product (Paul Trimborn Agencies scholarship) was outstanding, and this Edendale lad who only started rugby at the age of 16 and recently got to the second round of trials for the Blue Bulls Currie Cup squad, is a shining example of rugby development at its best.

Apart from the points scorers, others to shine were flank Leon Stevens, hooker and captain Justin Meanwell, prop Luciando Santos, outside centre Zimele Khoza and left wing Louis Zondela.

Varsity head coach Dylan Campbell said the squad system is bearing fruit.

“Our depth is coming in handy in the second round and our concentration on phase play is paying off.”

First Division South leaders PMB Collegians reportedly withstood a big, baying Ballito crowd, dodgy refereeing and the presence of their galaxy of sponsors, including former Springbok and Sharks captain Gary Teichmann, to beat an overly physical, spoiling Dolphins outfit unrecognisable in player terms from the first round.

Collegians won 26-20 after 16-13 at half-time. Former Transvaal Premier wing Neil Ashton said Conol Levine kicked immaculately and hooker Charl Bezuidenhout led from the front, while Collegians chairman Tony Day said centre Shane Driemeyer and flank Bobby Warnock were outstanding.

PMB Elephants stalwart Woody Newman said the game at Wentworth saw their First Division reserves out of action (no First Aid).

“The first team game was a chance for players to get there footing after the long break, and after good structure and excellent discipline we won 50-15.”

What is Wentworth doing with the extra money it is believed they get for being a “development” club? Clearly there is no development going on there.

Meanwhile, Varsity Old Crocks’ large panel of selectors are busy sifting through their hundreds of ex-first XV players who are still alive, to pick the fabled side that will go head to head with the Natal Very Old Crocks in the main curtain-raiser to the students’ big Premiership home match against Zululand’s Rhinos on July 24.

This brave initiative coincides with the huge Varsity Rugby Club Dinner, in which hundreds of ex-players, friends and supporters of the 100-year-old campus club are gathering for fun and a flutter at the Golden Horse Casino.

Chairman of selectors Richard Bates assured The Witness that the match would be a gentle affair of 10 minutes each way against a decrepit Natal side of veterans from a long time ago.

There are three team positions still available.

Rumour has it that Dave Champs has announced his availability and the feeling is positive — if he promises to run quicker than he did going down Field’s Hill during the Comrades.

And Dom Moerdyk, that quality Varsity 15 of old, has declared he is keen for a run.

However, at the time of going to press the selectors had not indicated their response.

The following Varsity legends have confirmed they are in the side: Udo Goedeke (spokesperson); Colin van Heerden (pre-match snacks); Moon Lister (laundry); Rich Bates (chief selector); Giles Callenbourne (utility); Mark Schulze (team manager); Ryno Combrink (head coach); Dave Heenan (utility), Craig Jamieson (captain); Hugh Farrell (impact player); Norm Bates (utility); Doc Louw (disciplinary); and Dave Champion (fitness consultant).

Further rumour has it that Beans Bateman will be forwards coach and Gudgie Dixon backline coach.

Talk is that former Witness sports editor and current rugby correspondent John Bishop will be the team’s media manager.

This is a spectacle not to be missed.

 

POINTS SCORERS

Pmb Varsity (15) 23 Tries: right wing Gareth Borchardt; lock Chris Ndlovu; replacement flank TC Khoza. Conversion: Flyhalf Sipho Evans. Penalties: Evans (2).

Crusaders (7) 19 Tries: Fullback Kobus de Kock; loosehead Malusi Mthetwa. Conversions: De Kock.

 

RESULTS

Prem Div: Rovers 34 Zululand 17; Old Boys 14 D Coll 35; Harlequins vs Jaguars postponed; PMB Varsity 23 Crusaders 19. Reserves: Rovers 43 Zululand 5; Old Boys 24 D Coll 34; PMB Varsity 23 Saders 15. First Div Top 5: Ballito 20 PMB Collegians 26; Hillcrest 15 South Coast 10. Reserves: Hill 53 SC 7; Ballito 13 P Coll 14. Bottom 4: Wentworth 15 PMB Elephants 50. Reserves: W’worth vs PMB Elephants (Elephants walkover).

 

FIXTURES

Friday — Prem Div (8 pm). D Coll vs PMB Varsity; Saders vs Quins; Jags vs Rov; Zululand vs Old Boys.

Reserves: 6.30 pm. First Div South Top 5: Hillcrest vs PMB Coll; Toti vs Ballito (8 pm). Reserves: 6.30 pm.

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