Varsity College Undisputed U20 Champions
Varsity College clinched the U20A Frank Norris trophy with an emphatic 25-14 victory over Rovers on Friday night. Having already secured the U20B Kings Park Challenge Cup earlier this season, the team needed only a victory over Rovers to ensure that they could not be overtaken in the log. They made no mistake, adding the bonus point in the process. With 1 game left in the league, VC are 8 points clear.
The 1st team also ran riot in the clash of the Varsities, when they outscored UKZN by 6 tries to 1. UKZN were no match for a resurgent VC team in the last league match of the season, with Lex Botha scoring a hat-trick en route to a 36-5 victory. Kayde Fisher, ZP Bezuidenhout and Wion Robbertse also weighed in with tries while Armand Peens converted 3 times. Varsity College finished in fourth place on the log, after a few early setbacks.
The 2nd team surprised all by emerging from the change room wearing pink socks in support of the fight against cancer. Unfortunately, they were not able to wear the socks for long enough as UKZN decided to concede the game after only 35 minutes of play. This handed VC the valuable 5 points they required to ensure that they ended 2nd in the Premier Division Reserve league, after Rovers disposed of Collegians on the other side of the Umgeni. All that remains for the senior teams is the Murray Cup. The 1st team take on Newcastle Highlanders in Newcastle this weekend.
The Colts section of youth rugby (U13 – U18) began on Sunday, with the first tournament at Crusaders. With both the U15 and U18 VC teams having a bye, it was left to the U16 boys to carry the VC flag. Up against the pre-season favourites Collegians, most pundits gave VC little chance. Fortunately, they did not follow the script and played with a vengeance. The first half was tightly contested, with VC going into the break 5-0 up. However, this was followed by a 2nd half that was dominated by VC. Another 3 tries and a conversion were added. What was most impressive was the defence, with the VC boys keeping Collegians scoreless. A great start to the season, with more to follow.