Sep 28, 2020

Fidelity Services Group Club Rugby Wednesday Column

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The FNB UKZN Impi couldn’t have wished for a worse start to the 2020 Varsity Shield going down 26-5 to last years runners up The Madibaz from Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth last Friday evening.

Leading 19-5 at the break the Madibaz went on to score four tries to one in what turned out to be somewhat of a disappointing opener for the students from KZN. However, in their defense, they are fielding a young side with a number of new faces. Hopefully, they can regroup and prepare for their first home game scheduled in two weeks’ time in round three at the Peter Booysen Stadium in Pietermaritzburg against last year’s winners of the Varsity Shield the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).

The Madibaz opened the scoring early in the first half and never looked back and must now be considered early favorites to take the title this year considering that CPUT were given a rude awakening going down 22-12 on their home grounds in the Western Cape to the Walter Sisulu University from East London, in the big upset of the opening round.  

Chadwyn November, Charles Radebe, Dundra Maritz and Duan Du Plessis crossed the line for the MadIbaz with Jordan Koekemoer converting three of the tries. UKZN Impi replied with a lone try from Sibonakaliso Dubazana.  In the remaining game, Tswane University of Technology  (TUT) edged out Rhodes 7-3 in Grahamstown.

On Friday evening TUT host CPUT, the Madibaz travel to East London to meet Walter Sisulu University while Fort Hare University is at home to Rhodes in Alice.  UKZN Impi has a bye.     

Meanwhile, the two top clubs in KZN – College Rovers and SA Home Loans Durban Collegians who are both busy preparing for the tough season ahead have officially announced their respective coaching and management complements. Rovers welcome two former Springbok and Sharks players into the mix.

College Rovers Rugby Club – Senior Team Management

Head CoachDerek Heiberg
Assistant Head CoachHeinke Van Der Merwe
First Team ManagerKirwin Jean-Louis
Specialist Backline CoachBrent Russell
Director of CoachingBryan Bateman
Second Team CoachJeff Harper
Second XV AssistantMenzi Ngidi
Team ManagerMike Techet
Specialist Forwards Coach Carlo Del Fava (former Italian International)
Third Team Coach David Jenniker

College Rovers Rugby Club – Junior Team Management

Director of Junior RugbyRoy Griffith
Junior Rugby ManagerRudolph Havenga
Junior Coaching TeamNikolai Blignaut
Junior Coaching TeamRichard Wermuth
Junior Coaching TeamRudi Havenga

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SA Home Loans Durban Collegians Rugby Club – Senior Team Management

Head CoachJacques Deen
First Team Forwards CoachBrett Hennessy
Backline CoachRuan Lombard
Team ManagerRobbie Harris
Medical OfficerMike Wiggett

SA Home Loans Durban Collegians Rugby Club – Junior Team Management

U20 Head CoachVernon Lombard
Forwards CoachBrad Joslin
Team ManagerClayton Powell
Team ChiropractorGiselle Gevers
Putting something back into the club game (left to right) – former Italian International Carlo Del Fava with former Sharks and Springboks Brent Russell and Heinke Van Der Merwe.

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