Collegians get the better of Rhinos

2014-06-06 00:00

THERE was a big 43-11 win for sixth-placed Maritzburg Collegians in the Fidelity Security Premier Division match against winless Zululand Rhinos after the PMB lads had led 28-6 at half-time in Empangeni.

The tries were shared between backs and forwards, indicative of the support play on the day.

“Our backs used the space very well while the forwards laid the foundation to get us good scrum and lineout ball,” PMB Collegians head coach Carel Nel told The Witness.

“It was the best running I ever seen us play, the guys running some of the moves from their own tryline” said Collegians chairperson Didier Claite.

“Our two Sharks, scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer and tighthead Wiehahn Herbst, as well as the Springbok Sevens’ Howard Noble are having a good influence.”

Nel was in agreement. “The biggest influence they have made is in instilling belief in the players and bringing a professional approach to our training sessions. The players are committed and the correct mindset at training is taken through to game day,” he said.

Both Nel and Claite added that flyhalf Roallan Webb has also assisted in this regard.

UKZN Impi head coach Matt Reed said his seventh-placed side did very well to come back from a 24-point deficit against fifth-placed Varsity College going into the final quarter to pull back to within seven points at the death (31-24), the fightback earning the Impi two bonus points that looked far away at the hour mark.

“It was a hard fought-battle,” Reed told The Witness. “Although we had the edge in the scrums, Varsity College dominated the breakdown area and lineouts. In the first half we lacked commitment in defence but the Impi showed better cohesion in the second half and are starting to gel as a team, the more time we spend together the better we are getting.”

Today, PMB Collegians host Varsity College at 8.30 pm on Woodburn’s number two field while UKZN Impi entertain Amanzimtoti at the Peter Booysen Sports Park, off Golf Road, in Scottsville, at the same time. Toti were edged 31-25 by Crusaders last time out.

Log leaders Durban Collegians’ 13-11 win against College Rovers has opened a six-point lead over the reigning champs but they have a tough nut to crack in Durban North at 8 pm today against the resurgent Crusaders line-up. Rovers should get maximum points against the Rhinos in Empangeni (8.30 pm today).

Meanwhile, two PMB Varsity students, Matt Mandioma and Shayne Makombe, have been selected for Zimbabwe to play in the World Cup Qualifier in Madagascar.

In other PMB club news, PMB Collegians junior rugby is doing very well, with Sharks and Springbok Seven players helping with coaching at Woodburn. If any schoolboys, from Grade 3 up, would like to join, contact PMB Collegians chairperson Didier Claite at 082 381 6695.

Other results:

First Div: Harlequins 14 Jaguars 23; Hillcrest 24 South Coast Warriors 26; Westville 50 Ballito Dolphins 12.

U20A Div KO Cup semi-finals: Crusaders 0 Rovers 28; Varsity College 23 Durban Collegians 14.

Today’s other fixtures:

First Div South (8pm): Westville vs Hillcrest; UKZN Durban vs Harlequins. U20A Div KO Cup final (8pm): Rovers vs Varsity College (King’s Park 2).

Tomorrow, 3 pm: Jaguars vs Richards Bay; Ballito vs SC Warriors.

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