Rovers hold back storming Collegians

2014-07-03 00:00

THEY might have lost to perennial Fidelity Security Premier Division club rugby champions College Rovers at Woodburn last Friday night, but Maritzburg Collegians can hold their heads up high.

Collegians coach Carel Nel is not one easily pleased but the satisfaction in his voice was evident when he spoke to The Witness yesterday. Collegians went down 19-3, which was the same scoreline at half-time.

“We played our best game of rugby this season,” said Nel. “Yes, we let slip through three easy tries in the first half, and only scored a penalty, but in the second half we must have had 90% of the possession but just could not turn it into points, we had them on the back foot all the time, but they showed good defence.”

Colourful Collegians chairperson Didier Claite was also bursting with pride at the progress his side have made this year. “If you think about it, we lost 110-0 and about 45-0 to Rovers last season but we could have pitched a tent and parked our braais and deck chairs in the Rovers 22-metre area in the second half last Friday at Woodburn.”

Nel had another bit of news to savour. “Our showing clearly impressed more people than just us and our supporters, so much so that Owen McMillan, our 19-year-old lock, got a call-up to the Natal U21 squad, so that is a good indication of how well we as a team played.

“It was a pleasure to have [Sharks] Dale [Chadwick], Wiehahn [Herbst] and Jaco [van Tonder] play for us, but the rest of the team really played the way they know they can play, much better than the week before in the win against UKZN Impi.”

Rovers were expected to have Sharks forwards Keegan Daniel and Kyle Cooper in their side, but for rest and recuperation reasons it was not to be. Sharks lock Anton Bresler did play.

This Saturday sees the third round of the Inter Sub-Union senior and U21 tournaments being held with the prizes at the end of those competitions being the Ebbo Bastard Trophy and U21 Phillip Nel Trophy respectively.


Prem Div: Varsity College 16 DBN Collegians 36; Amanzimtoti 80 Zululand Rhinos 0;

PMB Collegians 3 College Rovers 19;

Crusaders 77 UKZN Impi 10.

First Div South: Hillcrest 26 Jaguars 19; Richards Bay (walkover) vs Westville Old Boys; South Coast Warriors 12 Harlequins 14.

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