The Riversmead South Coast Warriors travelled up to Pietermaritzburg to face First Division newcomers Drakensberg, who have amalgamated with Voortrekker Old Boys at Woodburn Stadium on Thursday.
The Warriors second team took on the Voortrekker Old Boys first team in the first game in which the hosts were relentless on attack, running in seven tries in the first half.
The visitors showed tremendous guts in the second half, only letting in two tries and scoring one of their own, losing 55-5. The forwards Man of the Match was Dylano Gilden, while Curtley Jones was the best of the backs.
The defending-champion Warriors first XV welcomed Drakensberg to the First Division in the second game.
The hosts came out firing on all cylinders, scoring an early try and two penalties. The Warriors, with some solid defence and big tackles, then stemmed the Drakensberg attack, took control of the ball and set the pace for the remainder of the match.
Awesome displays of skill and running rugby by the Warriors saw the South Coasters come-from-behind to seal a 24-11 bonus-point win. Try scorers for the Warriors were Cameron Camp, Duan Potgieter, Lunga Madladla and Lourens Stapelberg, with Westley Nyman adding two conversions. Camp (forwards) and Devan van Eeden (backline) were named Man of the Match.
Meanwhile, the Warriors Under-20s took on Crusaders in a Frank Norris Premier Division clash at Douglas Mitchell Sport Grounds on Thursday evening.
The visitors were welcomed by a barrage of attacking play from the inform Warriors, who ran in four unanswered tries in the first half. The Crusaders came out firing in the second half, scoring a couple of tries before the Warriors found their straps, scoring two more of their own for a 40-20 win.
The Warriors’ try scorers were Curtly Deysel (2), Erich Rediker, Daniel Celliers, Marko Kotze and Oros Ndlazi, with Gunther van der Merwe converting five of the tries. The Warriors Under-20s are next in action against UKZN Durban away from home next Friday.
The Warriors mini rugby boys kicked off their season in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday.
The Under-9 boys played two games against Crusaders and Hillcrest respectively, just losing 5-3 in their first game and 6-0 in their second game.
The Under-11 boys, now playing 15-man rugby on a full 100m field, played against Queensburgh and really played well, winning 29-0. The next tournament will be in Durban on Sunday, April 28.
The Warriors first and second teams will be returning to Pietermaritzburg to take on PMB Collegians at Woodburn Stadium on Thursday night. The club thanks their sponsors Riversmead Farms, Status Panelbeaters, Maser Security and Kencrete.