PMB Varsity determined to get back on track as season gets down to business

2011-05-06 00:00

TONIGHT will be a stern test of the Maritzburg Varsity and PMB Collegians first teams’ character and resolve as the KZN club rugby season gets down to business once again.

KZN Premier Division club PMB Varsity are still smarting from their disappointing performance last time out against Harlequins on the Bluff in Durban and will be determined to get their season back on track with a win against Old Boys come the 8 pm kick-off at the Varsity Stadium in the Peter Booysen Sports Park off Golf Road.

The students gave SA and KZN club champions College Rovers a run for their money in the league opener, but their second defeat against Quins saw the team give their opponents every assistance in a match in which head coach Beans Bateman’s side were their own worst enemies, a string of unnecessary errors gifting the Durban lads a healthy percentage of their points.

Varsity are in need of a morale-boosting victory, but Old Boys are never an easy side to beat in the best of circumstances, so the campus-based squad will have to up their game significantly if they hope to come away from the encounter with some form of reward.

KZN First Division South log leaders PMB Collegians have an awkward encounter against closest challengers Hillcrest that kicks off at 8 pm at Hillcrest’s daunting home venue.

The floodlights are poor at Hillcrest, which can be a great leveller, and adding to the challenge for the Collegians lads is the fact that the second-placed home side will be desperate for victory after they lost their unbeaten record last weekend in going down by a solitary point to Ballito Dolphins.

Collegians haven’t had the most ideal preparation either, as their scheduled fixture against First Division stragglers Wentworth was called off last week. Yet all the indications are that head coach Rinier Bosman’s red, black and whites are destined to lift the league trophy this season, and a champion side doesn’t allow obstacles to disrupt their chosen course.

In other fixtures the PMB Elephants are scheduled to play Wentworth in Durban, but no one is holding their breath in anticipation that this match will actually come off, while the struggling Pietermaritzburg U20A side entertain Old Boys on Woodburn’s number two field at 8 pm.



Today: Premier Division (8 pm): College Rovers vs Harlequins (King’s Park 3); Durban Collegians vs Zululand Rhinos (KP10); UKZN Maritzburg vs Old Boys (Peter Booysen Sports Park). Reserves 6.30 pm. First Division South (8 pm): South Coast Warriors vs UKZN Durban (Port Shepstone); Hillcrest vs PMB Collegians (Hillcrest); Wentworth vs PMB Elephants (Quins). Reserves: 6.30 pm. U20A: Rovers vs Quins (6.30 pm KP4); Durban Collegians vs Empangeni (6.30 pm KP6); Pietermaritzburg vs Old Boys (8 pm Woodburn 2). U20B: Rovers B vs Quins B (8 pm KP4); DBN Collegians B vs Empangeni B (8 pm KP 6); South Coast Warriors vs Amanzimtoti (6.30 pm Port Shepstone 2). U20C: Ballito vs Wentworth (Ballito 6.30 pm); UKZN Maritzburg vs Old Boys B (6.30 pm Varsity 2).

Tomorrow: Prem Div (4.45 pm): Jaguars vs Crusaders (King’s Park). First Div South: Ballito Dolphins vs Kokstad (Ballito 3 pm); Richards Bay vs Toti (R B 3.30 pm). Reserves 1.30 pm and 2 pm.

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