Rhinos trounce Maritzburg Varsity

2008-05-18 00:00

Maritzburg Varsity will be wondering what to do next after being badly beaten 33-5 against Thanda Zululand Rhinos in their House of Paint Premier Division match, which was played as the curtain-raiser to the Super 14 clash between the Sharks and the Chiefs at Absa Stadium on Saturday.

Now, sadly, the students are propping up the bottom of log table at the end of the first round.

Varsity didn’t play badly in the first half, and with Sharks wing Henno Mentz making his debut in the famous white strip were only trailing 12-0 at the break, giving hope of one of the typical second-half student resurgences of days gone by.

But it didn’t happen this time around as everything seemed to go from bad to worse as the game progressed. The Zululand boys went from strength to strength making the most of all the Varsity errors and one wonders just what happened to the side that came close to toppling Durban Collegians only a week earlier at their Washington Road headquarters.

The Rhinos scored five well-executed tries picking up a valuable bonus point in the process.

Their tries were scored by Number eight Luba Mzwakali (2), former Griquas lock Jaco Jacobs, wing Senzo Sibiya and flyhalf Luylo Tobezweni — who also kicked four conversions.

Darris McClean, who came off the bench for Varsity, scored their try.

In the other games, College Rovers beat Old Boys 22-11, leaving them as the only unbeaten side in the competition. Durban Collegians beat Harlequin 44-22 and Jaguars caused yet another major upset when they edged out Crusaders 9-0.

In the Frank Norris Under 20 A league, Rovers also remain unbeaten having overcome a determined Old Boys outfit to win 23-10 while Durban Collegians narrowly beat Harlequins 20-15 and Midlands lost 24-22 to Empangeni after trailing 24-3 at half time.

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