Durban edge Midlands Marauders at Woodburn

2013-05-07 00:00

IT was a case of so near yet so far for the Midlands Marauders in round one of the Ebbo Bastard Trophy at Woodburn Stadium on Saturday.

Durban shaded the Marauders 22-21 in the closest of matches and for head coach Shawn van Rensburg it was a disappointing outcome.

“It rained the whole game, which made keeping ball in hand very difficult,” said Van Rensburg, who is also head coach of the UKZN Impi as well as Voortrekker.

“We missed an opportunity to take the lead and it was difficult to play catch-up rugby in those conditions.

“Durban really wanted to win this match and were very motivated for the game.”

Faulty decision making and a lack of patience at key moments cost the Marauders dearly in a match they could well have won.

Due to injuries and unavailability for various reasons, Van Rensburg could only field mainly second-team players from Maritzburg Collegians and the Impi, but had the opportunity to include players from the local league clubs that do not play in the KZN Premier Division.

The trophy is named after former Natal player and administrator Ebbo Bastard and the competition is between the five sub­unions of the KZN Rugby Union, which are Midlands, Durban, Southern KZN, Zululand and Northern KZN.

Once the Ebbo Bastard Trophy competition is completed, a KZN Wildebeest XV will be selected to take part in a national tournament for provincial teams at this level of the game.

Meanwhile, Van Rensburg is confident that the UKZN Impi will give a good account of themselves when they tackle reigning champs and current KZN Premier Division log leaders College Rovers at the Peter Booysen Sports Park on the PMB campus at 3.30 pm on Saturday.

“It is a big game for us and we are targeting it for a victory,” said the Impi coach.

Club rugby fans will be spoilt for choice on Saturday as the first Fidelity Security Moor Cup featured game of the KZN Premier Division season sees a traditional Collegians derby between Maritzburg and Durban at 3.30 pm at Woodburn.

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