Sorry Saturday for PMB club rugby teams

2008-04-13 00:00

The third round of the KZN club rugby league season was generally not a happy one for Pietermaritzburg teams.

In the Premier Division, Maritzburg Varsity firsts went down 29-24 to Harlequins at the Varsity Stadium and PMB Collegians were beaten 44-10 at Amanzimtoti in a First Division South clash. Also on campus, the new, combined Varsity/Collegians U20A side — Midlands — lost 61-28 to the Quins U20A team.

For Varsity, this result — albeit another Premier Division defeat — should buoy the camp following their depressing trip to Durban North and Crusaders last time out.

Varsity seconds also lost to their Quins counterparts, as did the Collegians reserves to Toti, while there was some joy for club rugby followers in the capital city through coach Ralph Cawood’s Midlands team’s narrow victory over Hillcrest U20A in the U20B Division. The Hillcrest firsts, though, were meritorious winners against what looked to be an imposing South Coast Warriors line-up who had swept all before them in the opening rounds of the First Division’s south section. And Hillcrest seconds made it a clean sweep over the Port Shepstone-based club.

In Empangeni, the Zululand Rhinos senior sides and their U20 compatriots enjoyed a whitewash of Jaguars.

Even at this early stage of the season, College Rovers are beginning to look likely winners of at least the Premier Division and U20A competitions.

At the time of going to press there was no indication of the First Division South outcome at Winterton between hosts Drakensberg and PMB Waratahs.

Results:

Premier Division: Crusaders 33 Old Boys 12; DBN Collegians 15 College Rovers 49;

PMB Varsity 24 Harlequins 29; Zululand Rhinos 19 Jaguars 6. Reserves: Crusaders 6

Old Boys 16; DBN Collegians 16 College Rovers 48; PMB Varsity 24 Harlequins 29;

Zululand 68 Jaguars 0. U20A: Crusaders 3 Old Boys 43; DBN Collegians 10 College

Rovers 58; Midlands 28 Harlequins 61; Empangeni 29 Jaguars 27. U20B: Crusaders 7

Old Boys 17; Midlands 23 Hillcrest A 19; DBN Collegians 11 College Rovers 35;

Crusaders 6 Old Boys 17. First Division South: Toti 44 PMB Collegians 10; Hillcrest 38

South Coast Warriors 26. First Division North: Vryheid 71 Sentraal 7. Reserves: Toti 39

PMB Collegians 21; Hillcrest 45 South Coast Warriors 10; Vryheid 78 Sentraal 3.

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