Midlands Rugby Academy look to a united team for senior division

2009-09-01 00:00

HEAD coach and manager of the Midlands Rugby Academy Steve Botha and his deputy, Ralph Cawood, have called for a united team selected from all available players in the midlands to compete in KZN’s flagship club competition, the Moor Cup Premier Division.

Botha and Cawood told The Witness earlier that it is crucial for the se­nior clubs in Pieterma­ritzburg to keep the MRA player base together when they go up to senior rugby from U20, as well as to offer the Midlands Rugby Sub-Union’s most ambitious players a team that can compete with the best.

“To keep these players in the city, you have got to give them a reason to stay,” Botha said.

The MRA has students from all over South Africa, as well as from Zimbabwe and Botswana.

The most senior club, Maritzburg Varsity, came last in the KZN Premier Division Moor Cup for the second successive season.

“It is essential that the senior clubs see the light in forming one united team to compete at the top level,” said Cawood.

“There will be no clubs lo­sing their identity either, with Varsity, Collegians, Waratahs and maybe Drakensberg, Noodsberg and Cedara, for example, in a Midlands First Division.”

Botha and Cawood said there is no time to waste, as planning and implementation could not wait till next year.

Those players who are keen to play for one team,representative of all Pietermaritzburg need to get together now if the city is to avoid another wooden spoon at top level.

“The Midlands U20s and MRA have got the infrastructure in place,” Botha said. “MRA has got everything necessary to assist that new senior club to play Moor Cup.”

Meanwhile, the Midlands combined team won the Inter Sub-Union Ebbo Bastard Trophy at Woodburn at the weekend with a 10-3 defeat of nearest rivals Zululand, followed by a 12-5 victory over Northerns KZN Lammergeyer.

“The team brought honour back to the KZN capital with their gutsy performances,” said Botha.

“It certainly was a proud moment for the Midlands Rugby Sub-Union and Midlands supporters, showing that we do have players in the midlands to compete with the best of the best, if we play as one team,” said Botha.

Blake Kyd, Charl Bezuidenhout, Juan Vosloo, Christopher Ndlovu (all Maritzburg Collegians), Jono van Rensburg, Dirkie Grobler (both Midlands U20) and Alex Curry (Drakensber­g) will be representing KZN Ju­nior Clubs at nationals from September 12 to 16 in Kimberley.

KZN have won the past three years.

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