Richards Bay Club secure Premier League status

The 2017 Richards Bay Rugby Club first XV with coaching staff PHOTO: Richard Springorum

RICHARDS Bay Rugby Club coach Trevor Montgomery and his troops have managed to secure Premier League status for next season by finishing among the top six at the end of the first round of this year’s Fidelity Moor Cup competition.

In their ‘big’ league debut this season, Richards Bay will play Durban Collegians (home), College Rovers (away), Amanzimtoti (home), Varsity College (away) and Crusaders (home) in the second round.

This will be a tough round for the local squad who have only beaten Varsity College 21-20 at home earlier in the season and having gone down to the rest of the Durban-based clubs.

But despite the results of the second round, Richards Bay will definitely remain in the Premier League next year.
Mancosa Rhinos on the other hand will have to make sure that they top the ‘bottom five’ log or at least finish second as three teams will be relegated to the First Division.

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Rhinos, who have been competing in the Premier League for over a decade, will play Newcastle Highlanders (home), South Coast Warriors (away), Jaguars (home) and UKZN Impis (away) in their second round fixtures.

The good news for Rhinos head coach Charles Mndaweni and his squad is that they beat all four sides in the first round.

But injuries to key players could make Mndaweni’s task a difficult one.

Second round fixtures will be drawn tonight (Monday) in Durban.

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Richard Springorum
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