Collegians rugby club chairperson ‘targeting top five finish this season’

2013-01-12 00:00

“WE are targeting a top five finish this season.”

These were the confident words of new Maritzburg Collegians Rugby Club chairperson Didier Claite as his players intensify their training ahead of the new KZN Premier Division season.

Claite, a club man through and through, takes over the reins at Collegians from Tony Day, who is a true son of the KZN capital after resurrecting the 110-year-old club from closure just over a decade ago.

“We have started our pre-season and are very excited about 2013,” said Claite. “There are some interesting changes at the club, what with me taking over from Tony as chairperson, but Tony, who deserves to spend more time with his family after selflessly giving so much to the club over many years, still remains part of our team as our new president.

“A huge thank you goes to him for the fantastic work he has done over the years and we look forward to his guidance for the next season.”

Claite said that Rinier Bosman, the first XV coach has left the club after years of loyal service and will be replaced by another true Collegians man, former first team lock Dave Davidson, who has guided the second XV in recent seasons.

Bosman won the KZN Junior Murray Cup with the team in their first season back in the top flight last year and can be credited with Day in returning Collegians to the pinnacle of club rugby in KZN.

“With the priceless support of our main sponsor, Ricoh/Motswako, 2012 was a very successful year for us on another level as well, as we managed to field four senior teams in various KZN leagues,” said Claite. “We are very proud of the fact that we were one of only three clubs in the KZN Rugby Union system that did not scratch a game.

“It was our first year back in the KZN Premier Division and were it not for three dubious refereeing decisions in three different games, we could have finished fifth instead of seventh in the league.”

Claite added that the second team had a fantastic season in finishing fourth after promotion. The third team finished fifth, while the fourth team won their league.

“Apart from our first team winning the KZN Junior Murray Cup, we also had a superb cup run at every level,” said Claite.

“Our fourth team won their division’s knock-out cup, while our second and third teams went out at the semi-final level.”

Things are certainly looking promising for this Pietermaritzburg sporting institution as the new season looms.

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