Collegians and Toti clash to be a thriller

2011-04-01 00:00

THERE will be nothing remotely like easy log points on the table for First Division South clubs Pietermaritzburg Collegians and PMB Elephants tonight when they face Amanzimtoti and Durban Varsity respectively.

Toti were shocked at home by the equally ambitious Ballito Dolphins last time out and will be desperate to prove that the defeat was just a blip on the radar and get their title campaign back on track with a decisive victory over the red, black and whites.

Coach Rinier Bosman’s Collegians squad have enjoyed the perfect start to the season with three convincing wins over league newcomers Richards Bay, and then Ballito and the Elephants, but Toti on their home ground will be a true test of the early-season title favourites’ mettle.

Collegians will be boosted by the return from an Achilles tendon injury of captain Charl Bezuidenhout.

Blake Kyd should be over the facial injury he sustained in the extremely physical battle against Ballito, and with the outstanding loosehead prop alongside Bezuidenhout in the front row and backed by the likes of no-nonsense lock forward Vossie Vos and flanker Justin Smith, Collegians have just the personnel to win the all-important battle upfront.

It will give scrumhalf Brendon Fourie the time and space to set free his pacy backline, which should enable super-quick left wing Richard Hayworth to take his impressive try-scoring tally a step further.

At Woodburn Stadium, PMB Elephants will be looking for their first win of the season against Durban Varsity, but the Howard campus side are much improved from last season, as last Saturday’s narrow defeat to Hillcrest attests.

The KZN Rugby Union are soon to name the new sponsors of the Moor Cup Premier Division, the first round of which begins on Friday, April 15, with PMB Varsity at home to reigning champs College Rovers.


Friday - First Division South (8 pm): Amanzimtoti vs PMB Collegians; Ballito Dolphins vs Wentworth; PMB Elephants vs UKZN Durban (Woodburn Stadium). Reserves 6.30 pm. U20A (8 pm): Old Boys vs Pietermaritzburg; Empangeni vs Durban Collegians; Harlequins vs College Rovers. U20B (6.30 pm): Empangeni B vs Durban Collegians B; Harlequins B vs College Rovers B.

Saturday - First Division South Section (3 pm): Kokstad vs Hillcrest; South Coast Warriors vs Richards Bay. Reserves 1.30 pm.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.