Varsity run Collegians down to the wire

2008-05-11 00:00

There was much to cheer about at Maritzburg Varsity’s club rugby ground last Thursday as the campus-based first team ran fellow Premier Division side Durban Collegians close before going down by the odd point in 37.

Collegians went home with an appreciation of the bottom club’s fighting spirit and their 19-18 victory suggests the outcome could have gone either way.

Of the other Premier Division fare, there were two titanic struggles in Durban.

Perennial champions College Rovers had to fight tooth and nail to overcome the challenge of the impressive Crusaders line-up 11-6 on King’s Park 3.

And at the Sydenham stronghold of the Jaguars club, the home side pulled off an excellent 27-24 victory over the ambitious Old Boys first XV.

Across the capital city at Woodburn, the Pietermaritzburg Collegians versus Pietermaritzburg Waratahs local derby in First Division South saw the sides well-matched up front, said Waratahs chairman Fanie Crous.

“The difference between the sides was in the backline, where Collegians had the advantage,” Crous said with reference to the 32-7 victory achieved by the men in red, black and white.

On Friday evening at Woodburn, Drakensberg faced fellow First Division South side Durban Varsity, and came away with a comprehensive 46-5 victory.

Results

Premier Division:

College Rovers 11 Crusaders 6; Jaguars 27 Old Boys 24; Harlequins 33 Zululand 7; PMB Varsity 18 DBN Collegians 19.

Reserves:

Rovers 26 Saders 13; Jaguars 0 Old Boys 50; Harlequins 10 Zululand 14; PMB Varsity 5 DBN Collegians 53.

U20A:

Rovers 46 Crusaders 10; Midlands 7 DBN Collegians 41; Harlequins 23 Empangeni 11; Jaguars 5 Old Boys 105; College Rovers 100 Jaguars 0.

U20B:

College Rovers 36 Crusaders 12; Midlands 19 DBN Collegians 29.

U20C:

Midlands Waratahs 0 Old Boys 40.

First Division South:

Kokstad 5 South Coast 35; Hillcrest 38 Ballito 3; PMB Waratahs 7 PMB Collegians 32; Drakensberg 46 DBN Varsity 5.

Reserves:

Kokstad 35 South Coast 5; Hillcrest 48 Ballito 0; PMB Waratahs 5 PMB Collegians 49; Drakensberg 31 DBN Varsity 0.

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