After a rather cold and rainy week, the sun came out on the weekend and Hillcrest hosted a wonderful tournament in perfect weather. The morning started off with a cracker of a game between the hosts and Collegians U13A sides. Collegians put on a polished performance and their forwards were dominant in their 19 – 7 victory. Varsity College took on Harlequins in a very one sided match with Varsity College scoring at will in a 52 – 5 victory. The U13B’s saw Amanzimtoti romp to an impressive 61 – 0 victory over Pinetown, while Ballito accounted for Hillcrest B in a tough 22 – 10 victory.
The top of the table clash in the U15A’s between Collegians and Hillcrest turned out to be a humdinger, with Collegians just edging out Hillcrest 25 – 22. Varsity College, struck by injury and illness, could only field 14 players in their game against Harlequins. This didn’t deter the boys from Durban North, as the proceeded to play as if they had extra players on the field. Although they were reduced to 13 men in the 2nd half (injury), they won impressively outscoring Harlequins 55 – 10.
The U16 held no surprises, as Ballito were a no show for the 2nd time in the day (U15B also didn’t arrive) and Collegians scored 57 unanswered points against Pinetown. The best U16 game was undoubtedly the Varsity College – Amanzimtoti clash. While Amanzimtoti struggled with numbers and borrowed players from other clubs, they put up a game display and could hold their heads high at the end of the match. Varsity College backline were polished and the forwards were outstanding in scoring a 36 – 07 victory over Toti.
The U18 games were also excellent, with Crusaders putting up a good show in going down 35 – 18 to the log leaders Harlequins. While Ballito managed to snatch a last gasp victory at Crusaders 2 weeks ago, they weren’t as fortunate this time. Collegians ran out deserved winners, outscoring Ballito by 17 – 11.
The semi-finals will be held at Varsity college on Sunday 16 September and you can expect the intensity to increase as teams fight it out for a place in the finals.