High-riding Hillcrest notch another one

2008-05-18 00:00

Hillcrest maintained their unbeaten run in First Division South with a 34-16 victory over Maritzburg Collegians at Woodburn Stadium on Friday night.

This clash demonstrated the high level of commitment and passion that is synonymous with KZN club rugby. Both sides gave it everything they had in the quest for victory, but essentially it was two unfortunate injuries that contributed to the edge going the way of the visitors.

Collegians flyhalf Nick Dewing (knee) and then outstanding scrumhalf Mike Brinjack (shoulder) hobbled off early in the game and it disrupted the home side to the extent that Hillcrest were able to win the try count 6-1. Yet this did not tell the full story, as Collegians frittered away plenty of try-scoring chances and at the same time leaked as many through a combination of poor tackling and shaky defensive alignment.

What Hillcrest did well and surely stamps them as strong favourites to win the First Division title outright should they meet the First Division North winners in the final was to take their opportunities and repel anything that Collegians threw at them through a well-organised defence.

In the Premier Division clash at King’s Park Stadium, a disappointing PMB Varsity started with a bang, but ended with barely a whimper as wasted opportunities turned into Zululand tries, allowing the men from Empangeni to gain confidence and come away with a deserved 26-5 win.

A 26-minute highlights package of the Varsity/Zululand match will be shown at various times during the week on SuperSport and M-Net. The TV schedule for the screenings was publicised in Friday’s Witness club rugby preview.

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