Rovers and Collegians to face off

2012-08-15 00:00

COLLEGE Rovers and Durban Collegians dominated the quarter-finals of the the Castle Murray Cup, but they have now been drawn to meet in the semi-finals of the competition.

Collegians will meet College Rovers in the semi-finals at Riverside in Durban North on Friday evening.

The draw for the semi-finals rounds of both knockout competitions took place at King’s Park on Monday, and favoured Zululand Rhinos and Crusaders. These two Premier Division sides that propped up the Moor Cup log table now meet in the other Murray Cup semi-final, and one will meet either Collegians or Rovers in the final of the province’s prestigious knockout competition.

In the Junior Murray Cup competition, Maritzburg Collegians find themselves up against their neighbours Maritzburg Varsity in one of the semi-finals of the Junior Murray Cup on Woodburn 2, while Newcastle Highlanders will be at home to Piet Retief in the other semi-final.

Rovers will play Durban Collegians in the first semi-final of the Peter Taylor knockout competition, while Crusaders will meet the Zululand Rhinos in the other semi-final.

Durban Collegians stormed to a convincing win in their quarter-final Murray Cup knockout match against Harlequins, beating their hosts 71-19 out on the Bluff on Saturday.

Quins held their more favoured opposition well in the first session but unfortunately ran out of legs in the second half, their visitors eventually scoring 10 well-excecuted tries with centre Lukhano Nontshinga and flank Gavin Muir crossing for two each.

College Rovers scored 11 tries in their 71-10 win over Varsity College, with wing Anton Verster crossing for three and Calvin Adam, Kobus de Kock and Braynand Stander scoring two each.

In the other games, Zululand Rhinos edged out Vryheid 23-11, while Crusaders beat First Divisions champions Amanzimtoti, 40-32.

In the Peter Taylor Trophy knockout competition, Rovers accounted for Varsity College 40-17, securing a semi-final berth, while Durban Collegians joined them after hammering Quins 71-0.

In the Junior Murray Cup competition, Maritzburg Collegians advanced to the semi-finals after beating Jaguars 37-17, while Ballito Dolphins and UKZN Durban withdrew from the competition, allowing Newcastle Highlanders and Piet Retief to go through.

UKZN Maritzburg also stayed in the hunt for the silverware after beating South Coast Warriors 22-15.

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