Sorry end to Varsity win over Jaguars

2011-06-03 00:00

MARITZBURG Varsity first XV chalked up their third successive victory in the KZN Premier Division on Tuesday night at the Peter Booysen Sports Park, but the 42-3 win over the Sydenham, Durban side, Jaguars, was tarnished by the happenings in the last 10 minutes of the match.

The Jaguars’ management were visibly upset that their team was heavily penalised for high and dangerous tackles. A red card went to a player for allegedly using his boots on a Varsity player.

Jags’ management made the call that the team should stop playing and allow Varsity to score further points unhindered.

The game was pretty much wrapped up by the home side by that point, and the call would not have had any effect on the match outcome.

From a re-start they just stood and offered no opposition, leaving Varsity to canter through to score.

From the re-start again they did the same thing and a Varsity player kicked the ball into touch to put an end to the sorry debacle with about eight minutes left to the game.

It is understood that the referee will be handing his report to the Midlands Rugby Sub-Union, as the match took place in Pietermaritzburg.

Thereafter, it is expected that sanctions will be imposed, should Jaguars be found to have brought the game into disrepute.

As to the actual rugby, Varsity led 10-3 in a Jaguars fixture that is always a tough proposition.

“One has to be very careful that the execution of game plan is done,” said Varsity head coach Beans Bateman.

“They are a team that thrive off broken play and when their confidence levels are high they become very dangerous. I was very pleased that we stuck to the task at hand and ran out very comfortable winners,” he said.

Varsity’s face their next hurdle when they meet KZN and SA club champions College Rovers in Durban tomorrow.

While there will be Ebbo Bastard Inter Sub-Union Trophy matches tomorrow, Midlands Marauders have a bye.

Durban club Wentworth, meanwhile, withdrew from the KZN First Division South after being unable to fulfil their fixture commitments and are now playing in the Durban Third Division.

The KZN First Division final, almost certainly between PMB Collegians and Vryheid, will be contested at a neutral venue — probably Empangeni.

Should Collegians win, they are entitled to play the bottom Premier Division side, which appears almost certainly to be Jaguars, for promotion to the higher league, a long time coming for the 100-plus year-old club.

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