PMB Varsity take the major Midlands rugby trophies

2013-10-10 00:00

THERE was cause for celebration at the Midlands Rugby Sub-Union (MRSU) prize-giving at Woodburn as the clubs and players who stood out in the 2013 season were recognised for their efforts.

The University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, Rugby Club (PMB Varsity) won the major awards. There was much for veteran PMB Varsity player Adriaan Rossouw, and coaches Shawn van Rensburg and Nic Haswell, to smile about.

PMB Varsity’s office bearers went up to collect the century-old York and Lancaster Cup, which bears a strong resemblance to the Currie Cup. MRSU president Piet Herbst told The Witness yesterday this was for “the team of the year, the MRSU first team that finished highest in KZN’s Fidelity Security Moor Cup Premier Division”.

PMB Varsity also won the Derby Cup, a floating trophy awarded to the winners each time PMB Varsity play PMB Collegians at first XV level. PMB Varsity won both encounters this year.

The MRSU Floating Trophy went to the second XV that finished highest in the KZN Premier Reserves Division, and that was the PMB Varsity second side.

The big individual trophies were awarded to PMB Varsity first team loose forward Lwazi Ngcungama, who won the Laurie Backhouse Trophy for MRSU senior player of the year. PMB Collegians winger Kyle Muil won the Bankfin Cup for most exciting U20 player of the year. Among the special awards, Nomaphelo Mayongo was awarded the MRSU plaque for being selected for the Springbok Women’s Sevens team.


Junior Murray Cup winners (KZNRU leagues): PMB Collegians first XV; MRSU 4th Division winners: Obhejane; 4th Div KO Cup: PMB Collegians; 3rd Div: Drakensberg; 3rd Div KO Cup: Estcourt Bulls; Clint Zasman Memorial Media Trophy: Jonathan Cook; Most Developed Player of the Year (Midlands League): Sihle Mbatha (Cedara club): SA Agricultural XV; MRSU League (Midlands league only) Players of the Year: Sanele Baleni (Obhejane) and Johannes Naude (Voortrekker Old Boys).

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