Rugby news from KwaZulu-Natal:
Castle Murray Cup – Qualifying Round:
The quest to be crowned Castle Murray Cup champions for this season got underway on Saturday as all of the so called big guns managed to escape without any upsets occurring.
The defending champions Your Communications College Rovers came away from Empangeni with a convincing 78-13 victory over Mancosa Zululand Rhinos. By doing so Rovers sent a clear message to the remaining teams that they don’t intend giving up the trophy without a fight.
Rovers’ try-scoring spree was split between eight players with the likes of Mark Richards grabbing a hatrick, Gavin Scott with a brace and speedster Tythan Adams, Grant Rattray, Lwazi Ngcungama, Jandre Jacobs, Chris Jordaan and Mitchell Coe all scoring one each. Scott also got in on the act with the kicking duties to accumulate a personal tally of 23 points.
FNB UKZN Impi made the trip to Vryheid and were given an all-mighty scare as they scraped through by edging the home team 19-17. Andre Greyvestein scooped the man of the match award to ensure the students from Maritzburg lived to fight another day in the competition.
Over in Hillcrest, the home team had to bear the brunt of SA Home Loans Durban Collegians’ backlash of losing their league title. Shane Ball put in an inspiring performance to ensure Collegians ran rampant by defeating Hillcrest 85-0. Collegians will be hoping to go on a good run in the Murray Cup to atone for their league disappointment.
Elsewhere, PhotoNote Durban Crusaders defeated Westville Old Boys 38-15, South Coast Warriors got the better of Sentraal by 54-22, Amanzimtoti beat Richards Bay 50-0, Varsity College overcame Newcastle Highlanders 48-19.
In a rearranged fixture in Durban North, Fidelity Security Jaguars threw their hat into the ring for the next round as they defeated Ballito Dolphins 55-7. Anele Sibiko was in inspirational form as he scooped the man of the match award.
– Ismail Adam