Alarms ring for city club rugby teams

2008-04-16 00:00

THE alarm bells are ringing for Pietermaritzburg rugby teams playing in the KZN club competitions.

After three rounds, the Midlands rugby sub union’s only premier division team, Maritzburg Varsity, are propping up the log.

In round two, the PMB clubs won about a third of their matches, while this past weekend the win/loss ratio was much the same.

In the Drakensberg/PMB Waratahs first division south fixtures at Winterton, the home side won the first-team game 44-0 and the reserves encounter 51-6.

Waratahs chairman Fanie Crous said lightning stopped play after 30 minutes in the first-team clash, with Drak leading 5-0. After the re-start, it fell apart for the Waratahs.

The Midlands U20 A and B teams sported their new kit over the weekend thanks to the sponsorship of Outdoor Marine and Polly Shortts Spar respectively, while Midlands Gestetner continue their support.

Midlands U20A coach Steve Botha said the team learned their second hard lesson in as many weeks when they hosted Harlequins from the Bluff. Many of their players are from the successful Zululand rugby academy team from last year, Botha said.

The first half saw Midlands U20A concede four tries, three of them scored out wide in an eventual 61-28 defeat. Midlands fought back and managed to score four tries, which gave them a bonus point.

Ross Ashton and Blake Kyd stood out for Midlands.

Coach Ralph Cawood’s Midlands U20B team beat Hillcrest U20A 23-19 in the B Division, earning five log points. Midlands U20C beat the North Coast Rhinos U20Bs 38-5 in Empangeni,kicking off with five log points.

LOGS (All played three):

Premier Division: 1 College Rovers 15 pts; 2 Crusaders 14 pts; 3 Jaguars 9 pts; 4 Old Boys 8 pts; 5 Harlequins 6 pts; 6 North Coast Rhinos 4 pts; 7 Durban Collegians 3 pts; 8 Maritzburg Varsity 1 pt.

U20A Division: 1 Rovers 15 pts; 2 Old Boys 13 pts; 3 Durban Collegians 10 pts; 4 Quins 7 pts; 5 Midlands 6 pts; 6 Saders 5 pts; 7 Rhinos 5 pts; 8 Jaguars 2 pts.

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