Rude behaviour by Hillcrest fans spoils Collegians match

2010-07-22 00:00

THE Hillcrest Villagers hosted Maritzburg Collegians and went down 12-6 in a top-table KZN First Division rugby match.

Two Witness readers made allegations that could be a reflection of the darker side of the club game.

The Collegians’ second team game had to be called off after the referee allegedly failed to pitch up and the floodlights failed as well. This delayed the kick-off of the first team game by 45 minutes.

The match reportedly saw big hits from both sides, good scrumming and skilful running from the backs. The man of the match, Collegians flyhalf Conal Levin, had his kicking boots on and was successful with four penalties.

“Unfortunately the game was spoilt by a number of Hillcrest supporters who were intent on disrupting the game with loud, foul language from the touchline, aimed at Collegians players, supporters, the ref and touch judges, resulting in a scuffle next to the field and again in the clubhouse thereafter,” said the spectator who reported this sad news to The Witness.

One elderly Collegians supporter was allegedly kicked in the face after being thrown to the ground.

The spectator said, “This type of arrogant, rude, bad behaviour from so-called supporters is unacceptable in any sport and urgent attention needs to be given to this type of occurrence by the management and coaches of Hillcrest Villagers Rugby Club, who were clearly unperturbed, as well as the KZN Rugby Union.”

The other Witness reader said he stopped going to club rugby at Hillcrest because of the yobbish behaviour.

“Supporters, beer in hand, yelling obscenities at refs and players, was a common occurrence,” he said. “The women were the worst and woe betide anyone from the opposition who dared tackle or manhandle their favourite player. The abuse that flew was disgusting and a poor representation of adulthood. It’s an embarrassment to share the world with and breathe the same air as these people.

“This stuff needs to be exposed and no wonder decent schoolboys do not continue to club rugby after school. Where do the merits of the game and contest go?”

The allegations were sent to the KZN Rugby Union for comment, but no response had been made by the time of going to press.

In other rugby news, Durban Collegians “bullied” Maritzburg Varsity, according to club administrator Shane le Breton, in their 43-3 KZN Premier Division victory to go top of the log, with second-placed Rovers enjoying a game in hand.

Rovers’ match against Jaguars saw the latter postpone a match for a second consecutive week.

Old Boys lost 25-13 away to Zululand, a result that suggests PMB Varsity will have a real contest on their hands when the Empangeni lads arrive in the KZN capital on Saturday for their clash with the campus club at the Varsity Stadium in the Peter Booysen Sports Park off Golf Road.

A big festive crowd is expected as this weekend also sees a Varsity rugby dinner for which a horde of Old Boys and friends are traveling to Pietermaritzburg.

In Durban North, Crusaders scraped a 7-6 win over Harlequins.

As mentioned earlier, KZN First Division South leaders Gestetner Maritzburg Collegians dug deep to beat hot rivals Hillcrest Villagers 12-6 in a match in which hooker and captain Charl Bezuidenhout again led superbly from the front.

Amanzimtoti shaded Ballito Dolphins 15-14, while Vryheid are runaway winners of the KZN First Division North Section. As things stand, Collegians are almost certain to play them in the final of the competition.

Indeed, a win this weekend will seal their berth with a game to spare.

The new-look Castle Murray Cup draw sees First Division sides brought in. In the opening round, defending champions Rovers meet Hillcrest at Shongweni Polo Club, PMB Collegians face PMB Varsity at Woodburn, Toti entertain Durban Collegians, Jaguars are away to South Coast Warriors in Port Shepstone, Harlequins visit one of Newcastle or Ladysmith, Old Boys travel to Piet Retief, Vryheid host Zululand Rhinos and Crusaders go up the north coast to Ballito.

Gary Teichmann and Wayne Fyvie take over as man-of-the match judges from Tim Cocks and Gawie Visagie.

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