Midlands Marauders open with a solid win

2011-05-25 00:00

THE Midlands Marauders opened their 2011 Ebbo Bastard Inter Sub-Unions Trophy campaign with a comprehensive win over the beleaguered Northern KZN Lammergeyer at Woodburn Stadium over the weekend.

The Lammergeyer are having trouble in their camp and the side was weakened by the unavailability of their Vryheid players — the club that is the strongest in the sub-union.

Nevertheless, whatever the quality of the opposition, you still have to execute the game plan adequately in order to score the tries, and this the Marauders did very well.

“I am very happy, obviously,” was Marauders head coach Beans Bateman’s summing up of the victory.

“Unfortunately the non-availability of players dilutes the competition considerably and let’s hope the issues are resolved.”

Bateman praised the performance of his pack. Considering this was a mix of Maritzburg Varsity and PMB Collegians players, and on the back of just two practices together, it is no mean feat to put together a co­ordinated performance that speaks of a group of forwards working as a unit.

Number eight and captain, Leon Stevens, again put in an outstanding performance to mirror that of the success he had the previous week in Varsity’s comprehensive thumping of Crusaders in Durban North.

Fullback Jaco Potgieter ran well and flyhalf Wessel Booysen put in another solid performance, while a player who caught Bateman’s eye was Collegians centre Rikus Janse van Rensburg.

The Marauders U20 side under Midlands Rugby Academy manager/coach Sean Johnson also came away with a big win, the score reading 50-18 at full-time. The Marauders dominated up front and the consequent plethora of front-foot ball ensured their runners had a field day.

Meanwhile, Empangeni are in line to rewrite the history books. The U20A side’s 51-7 thrashing of Harlequins means the KZN U20A Division’s Frank Norris Trophy will be theirs for the first time.



Prem Div: College Rovers 31 Crusaders 6; Old Boys 3 Durban Collegians 12; Harlequins 32 Zululand Rhinos 29. Tour match: Durban Rugby Sub-Union XV 10 British Police 26. Prem Div reserves: Rovers 102 Crusaders 0; Old Boys 8 Durban Collegians 25; Harlequins 25 Zululand Rhinos 35. U20A Div: Rovers 27 Crusaders 6; Old Boys 17 Durban Collegians 22; Harlequins 7 Empangeni 51. U20B: Harlequins B 17 Empangeni B 65.

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