Rugby: PMB Collegians demolish Durban Varsity

2011-04-14 00:00

PLAYING a quality of rugby that would satisfy most KZN Premier Division teams, Maritzburg Collegians thrashed Durban Varsity 67-3 after leading 38-3 at half-time in the inhospitable surrounds of Woodburn’s number two field on Friday night.

Collegians are fast becoming a team without peer in KZN First Division South as their backs and forwards combine to produce an attractive, seamless style of total rugby that brings about breathtaking tries.

With Collegians’ rampant pack and pacy backs playing near-faultless rugby, the red, black and whites’ number eight on the night, Justin Smith, epitomised his value when he gathered the restart midway through the first half and jinked through the heart of the onrushing Varsity forwards in launching an attack that went through several pairs of hands before prolific left-wing Richard Hayworth used his matchless pace to dot down under the posts.

Smith stands head and shoulders above any loose forward in the competition and this touchdown was just one example of the quality that Collegians are dishing up week in and week out.

On the cusp of half-time Smith got his second after another superb Collegians hand-to-hand movement left the spirited Varsity lads utterly bewildered. Such was Collegians’ dominance that more high-level tries followed against a side that never looked like scoring, although it must be said that Varsity fought right to the end.

This is no throwaway Varsity squad, as they took title contenders Hillcrest down to the wire a match or two ago, but the students were handed a lifeline 10 minutes from time when their decimated front row was unable to continue. Uncontested scrums ruined the remainder of the encounter and robbed Collegians of an 80-point win.

Collegians pivot Conal Levine delivered another immaculate performance for a side that has remarkable depth. In the absence of Vossie Vosloo and Justin Wendover, fourth-choice lock Wade Schoeman played a blinder, while returning hooker, captain and lynchpin Charl Bezuidenhout made an explosive return as an impact player.

Against Amanzimtoti at Woodburn on Saturday, PMB Elephants were right in the game before the key loss of a prop and lock saw the south coast side exploit the imbalance to run out 31-13 winners. Centre Barend Pretorius and flyhalf Tiaan van der Walt stood out in another impressive display by the Elephants’ backline.

On Saturday, Collegians and the Elephants are away to Kokstad and Hillcrest respectively, while PMB Varsity’s much-awaited Premier Division campaign kicks off when they face reigning champs College Rovers at 3.30 pm at the Peter Booysen Sports Park, which is off Golf Road.



First Division South: PMB Collegians 67 DBN Varsity 3; Hillcrest 58 South Coast Warriors 0; PMB Elephants 13 Amanzimtoti 31; Richards Bay 49 Ballito Dolphins 7. Reserves: PMB Collegians 47 DBN Varsity 5; Hillcrest 13 South Coast Warriors 17; PMB Elephants 0 Amanzimtoti 51; Richards Bay 20 Ballito 15.

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