Castle Murray Cup Quarter-Finals
An intense battle is anticipated this weekend as Jonsson College Rovers clash with SA Home Loans Durban Collegians in the quarter-finals of the Castle Murray Cup. Monday night’s draw has brought about a lot of banter but there can be no denying that these two teams will be going all out for victory.

The two teams played to a compelling draw in last season’s final and Rovers were eventually crowned champions after the rule book came into consideration. Rovers will be hoping to make it six in a row in this tournament and their ninth in the last ten years.

Nashua Durban Crusaders are preparing to host Richards Bay in Durban North. Richards Bay are the only first division outfit to make the quarters after they defeated Zuluand Rhinos and they will be hoping to pull of a giant killing act against one of this season’s most improved teams from the Premier division. Their coach Graham Beukes said: “Everyone is remaining humble and keeping feet on the ground. There are nerves in the camp, I’m not going to lie about that, but it’s the first time we have got through so I expect that. We know that Crusaders will be a tough challenge.

“If we can get their scalp it will be a huge boost for everyone. I have been doing my homework on them and we are preparing well. We know they carrying a very dangerous and heavy front unit, so we need to be prepared for that.”

Crusaders coach Ronnie Uys is expecting a tough challenge but he is hopeful of a good run in the tournament.

“Anything is possible in this tournament so we cannot rule out anything,” said Uys.

“We have noticed how the draw has really opened things up and that must give us hope that we can win the tournament. We have prepared well and the boys are up for a scrap. We are looking forward to the game.”

Elsewhere, Varsity College will be hosting Ricoh Motswako Pmb Collegians at Riverside. The home team has been playing enterprising rugby this season and must be hopeful of winning the tournament. Pmb Collegians cannot be taken lightly under the watchful eye of Carel Nel who will definitely have his troops ready for the clash.

Amanzimtoti take on UKZN Impi in the remaining match. Toti will be a tough nut to crack for the Maritzburg visitors and a close match is anticipated.

All matches are scheduled to kick off at 15h00.

Ismail Adam

Durban Collegians is the most successful Rugby Club in the history of KZN Rugby and has produced many Sharks, other Provincial and International Rugby Players as well as top Provincial and National Administrators. Durban Collegians finished 2nd in 2010, 2011, 2012 and again in 2013 in the Moor Cup League Competition and recently drew 15 all in the Murray Cup final after extra time to Moor Cup League winners and last year’s Community Cup finalists, College Rovers. Incidentally, Sa Home Loans Durban Collegians beat College Rovers in the 1st round of league matches last year.

Over the past five seasons the fairly new Durban Collegians Youth Rugby Club has gone from strength to strength, and look set to ensure a revival of Durban Collegians’ glory days, at senior level, in the not-too-distant future.

The Durban Collegians Colts totally dominated the past few seasons and the recent 2013 Durban Rugby Sub-Union Youth Club season, winning no fewer than four of the five leagues on offer.

Collegians Mini Rugby was reformed in 2010, with Morne Truter & Mike Seba being the catalyst in this re-emergence of the junior rugby section.  Since inception in 2010, Collegians Mini Rugby numbers have grown year on year and so too have the achievements of our teams.
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