PMB Collegians retain Junior Murray Cup

2013-09-12 00:00

THERE was much to cheer about in club rugby circles in the KZN capital after Maritzburg Collegians beat a determined Vryheid 27-22 in the final of the Junior Murray Cup at the Riverside Sports Club in Durban North.

“It was a fantastic win and the boys deserve to take a break after concluding a successful year in which we consolidated our position in the Fidelity Security Moor Cup Premier Division in our second season back in this competition, while retaining the Junior Murray Cup title is the cherry on the top,” PMB Collegians chairperson Didier Claite told The Witness on Tuesday.

“It was fitting that first team captain Jean Vosloo held the Junior Murray Cup trophy at the end of the day as he has had a long-term injury to contend with and has kept with the boys, supported them 100% from the sidelines this season, and made a great comeback from injury.”

It was not to be a double celebration on the day for PMB Collegians as their second XV were beaten 36-13 by Sentraal club of Dundee in the Keith Parkinson Cup final.

A poignant memory on the day was the acknowledgement of the recent deaths of Jacques Ungerer — Pietermaritzburg’s ace scrumhalf of the nineties, an underrated player at provincial level who was a diamond in club rugby — as well as Durban’s Richard Terry Lloyd.

All the Collegians squad players will be taking a month’s break before getting into gear for next season.

Pre-season preparation was their Achilles heel in early 2013 as the players were underdone at the beginning of the Premier Division campaign and that mistake is sure to be rectified ahead of what will be a fascinating 2014 on the club rugby fields in the KZN capital.

Meanwhile, the province’s premier knock-out competition — the 123-year-old Castle Murray Cup — went the way of College Rovers by a whisker from a willing Durban Collegians in the marquee final at the same venue last weekend, a clash that included three quality tries.

The win means Rovers have done the league and cup double.

The match was drawn at full time; this after a match-saving try by the prolific Gavin Scott and conversion from captain Chris Micklewood had drawn Rovers level at 15-15.

Extra time brought no reward for either side and in the end the trophy went Rovers’ way due to a better try-count in the competition.

Earlier, Rovers’ Greg Goosen opened the scoring when he pounced on a Durban Collegians error and raced away to touchdown territory. Kyle Hartley pulled Durban Collegians back into the final with a gem for the 5-5 scoreline at that stage.

After three further points were added by Rovers’ arch-rivals, Castle Player of the Match Francois Kleynhans and Jacques Venter added seven more points to the tally and at 15-8 Durban Collegians were sitting pretty — until the Scott/Micklewood one-two made things all-square in what was ultimately the killer blow that ensured the Rovers victory.

The Peter Taylor Trophy saw Varsity College seconds beat Rovers 31-25 while the other trophy matches saw Pinetown beat Drakensberg 24-7 and Amabubeshi take the Ashley Bowles U19 Cup with a 22-5 win over Claremont.

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