Varsity get it right to record second win

2009-07-29 00:00

IN a season that has surely been the most horrible in the club’s 98-year history, apart from last year’s annus horribilis, Maritzburg Varsity’s first XV finally got it right on Saturday to beat an unsettled Harlequins 15-12 on the Bluff in Durban in their last KZN Premier Division club rugby match of the year.

Bottom of the Moor Cup log, Varsity led 8-7 at half-time in a match where they recorded their second league win of the season.

Varsity first team manager J.P. van Zyl told The Witness yesterday that it was an “awesome” win for the club — a “good performance all round”.

Van Zyl singled out Varsity’s young lock forward Jono van Rensburg, the Midlands Rugby Academy student who never seems to have a poor game, and centre Wessel Booysen for special mention.

What made the weekend even more special for Varsity was their second side beating Quins 30-27 and their U20 team winning the U20D Division’s Ashley Bowles Knockout Cup in the final against Jaguars B, which gave the campus-based club’s juniors the league and cup double.

Varsity firsts have drawn Old Boys in the season-ending Murray Cup, while First Division South team PMB Collegians will face Newcastle in the Junior Murray Cup at 8 pm on Friday on the Woodburn two field.

Meanwhile, College Rovers emphasised their near-total domination of KZN club rugby with a hat-trick of U20 KO final trophies on Saturday and the respective league and cup doubles to add to their first XV having already won the Premier Division Moor Cup league title.

Rovers U20A coach Kevin Smith put it down to “a patient self-belief, for us winning is a habit, we know how to win the big matches”.

The club, situated in the shadow of King’s Park, beat Quins in the U20A and B finals, while their U20C side beat Amanzimtoti A for the Chris Edwards KO Cup.

Quins are reportedly a very unhappy club right now, with a group of players having left amid much acrimony.

For Smith’s Rovers U20A team it’s now eight consecutive league titles and seven from eight knockout titles. “For the Rovers U20A team, 15 out of the 16 trophies on offer over the last eight years is not too bad,” he said.



Prem Div: Harlequins 12 PMB Varsity 15; Zululand 29 Old Boys 34; Rovers 38 Crusaders 22; Dbn Collegians 42 Jaguars 17. Basil Medway Trophy U20A final: College Rovers 31 Quins 17. DW Geddie Trophy U20B final: Rovers 25 Quins 20.


Friday — Murray Cup quarterfinals (8 pm): Rovers vs Jaguars; Old Boys vs PMB Varsity; Dbn Coll vs Quins; Saders vs Zululand. Jnr Murray Cup quarters (8 pm): PMB Collegians vs Newcastle (Woodburn 2 field; seconds 6.30 pm firsts 8 pm); Vryheid vs Piet Retief; South Coast.

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