Toti, VC in final clash

2014-08-28 00:00

THE 2014 KZN Murray Cup knockout tournament has seen favourites to take the Cup fall by the wayside and all eyes are now on Amanzimtoti and Varsity College.

The two sides will square off in the final of the competition and both are looking for their maiden Murray Cup title.

Both sides produced strong performances in the semi-finals last weekend. Amanzimtoti hosted Crusaders in front of the Toti faithful and outplayed the visitors 27-17.

Meanwhile, a strong Varsity College managed to beat defending champions College Rovers 24-19 on Saturday.

For Toti, the final provides a chance for them to claim silverware for the first time in the club’s history. The South Coast Terriers only joined the Premier division this year and were far from whipping boys throughout the season.

“It is really remarkable that we are in the final. Nobody gave us a chance this season so we are hoping to see it through,” said Toti head coach Jeff Harper.

“This is massive for the club, it is the first time we are competing for silverware so we want to make our club and community proud.”

Those sentiments ring true as a visit to Hutchison Park in Amazimtoti to watch the club play shows how much the South Coast community has gotten behind their charges. Most games have had bigger crowds than any other club rugby clash in recent months.

Considering their strong performances in the Premier Division this year, Harper narrows that down to the family vibe in the camp.

“I think that continuity in selection with a lot of the guys having played through our age-group structures had helped.

“The players know each other well and are friends and that has a big impact,” Harper said.

Looking to the final, Toti will be aware of Varsity College’s loose trio who have been a handful this season.

“We’ve looked at some key areas this week. VC have good loosies and they are quick to the ball. We’ll be looking to nullify that and frustrate them,” he said.

Despite having coached at Rovers in previous years, winning the cup will be a first for Harper as well.

Varsity College coach Ian Adendorf believes winning the Murray Cup is equally important for his club.

“It is massively important for us seeing as our club are only three years old. We have won numerous U20 and first division titles but we are yet to win a senior competition,” Adendorf said.

“We are just concentrating on ourselves and our structures going into the final.”

Much like Toti, Adendorf believes keeping a group of players together has been important in Varsity College’s recent performances. “We are very happy with this season. Over the three years we have recruited guys from our younger teams. Our team are young, but it is starting to come together. The guys have gained a lot of experience and know how to play Premier division rugby,” he said.

The final will be hosted at Northwood Crusaders. There are a number of games on the go but the final kicks off at 3.30 pm.


College Rovers 2nds vs Northwood Crusaders - 12 pm

Newcastle Highlanders vs Jaguars - 1.30 pm

Amanzimtoti vs Varsity College - 3.30 pm

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