SA Home Loans Durban Collegians are on the verge of winning the Fidelity Security Moor Cup after a clinical display from the unbeaten log leaders saw them defeat Amanzimtoti 31-0 on Friday night.
The bonus point victory moves them onto 57 points at the top of the standings and they are now five points away from ending Jonsson College Rover’s eight-year stranglehold on the trophy. Their tries were scored by Calvin Sacks, Heimar Williams, Kyle Hartley, Francois Kleynhans and Dylan Nel.
Collegians went into the match expecting a difficult game against the dangerous Toti. Earlier last week, Collegians coach Robin Swanepoel called for calm heads and concentration. His players delivered exactly that as two converted tries in the first half gave them a 14-0 half-time lead.
They kept their foot on the accelerator and eventually ran out comfortable 31-0 winners with the likes of Hartley and Williams excelling. Collegians must now feel that the championship is theirs for the taking. A bonus point victory over UKZN Impi this weekend will see Collegians crowned Moor Cup champions.
Collegian’s chairman Ian Losinsky said that they were remaining grounded and not getting ahead of themselves when asked about his thoughts of being so close to the title.
Rover’s match against Impi was postponed adding more pressure to the defending champions. They remain second on the log with 46 points. Elsewhere, Nashua Durban Crusaders scored a hard-fought 18-13 victory over Pmb Collegians in Maritzburg. Both teams have shown great improvement this season and victory consolidates Crusaders’ third place on 38 points.
Meanwhile, in the curtain-raiser to the Cell C Sharks’ quarter-final match on Saturday, Varsity College hammered Zululand Rhinos 90-8. Among their try scorers were Michael Cloete with a hat-trick, Lex Botha (2), Andre Estherhuizen, Ashton du Plessis and Rowan Howse. The one-sided victory keeps Varsity College in fourth spot on the log with 34 points. Rhinos remain winless this season and will be involved in a promotion- relegation playoff match at the end of the season.
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.
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