Bigger Pretoria side thrash College, rusty Glenwood beat tourists

2012-07-24 00:00

THERE were only two school rugby games on Saturday as the other schools in the province have all switched codes to soccer. Ironically, both scores were 33-7, with Glenwood winning and College losing.

Maritzburg College 7 Affies 33

Five tries to one is a comprehensive win, but it does not tell the whole story. An Affies supporter was heard to remark that the Pretoria side were making many uncharacteristic errors.

This was probably due to the tackling of the College players, despite the difference in size among many players. Certainly the tackling was one of the better features of their play.

It was not just the difference in bulk between the players, but also the pace of many of the backs and some forwards that made it essential that tackles were made before too much momentum was gained.

Most of the tries came from pace out wide, with wing Andries van der Merwe (an SA schools hurdler) showing very good pace and scoring one and having a hand in two others.

Despite the score and domination of Affies, there was no lack of courage from College and they finished the game nearly scoring in the last minute. Despite the tackles that College had to make, probably twice as many as their opposition, the Affies players were able to get the ball away. They also dominated the lineouts with both locks taller than any College forward.

Jesse Kriel was a tower of strength at the back, often making the final tackle. When College did get ball going forward he often got across the gain line, but the Affies players had him closely marked. Twice he had made enough ground to get the left wing away, but a dropped ball and a forward pass brought the move to an end.

The second try was scored by flank Heinrich Viljoen under the posts and flyhalf Henco Posthumus had an easy conversion. With the score at 12-7 just before half time, after Marcel Coetzee had scored after a big dummy and a gap which opened as a result, College were back in the game. Affies came straight back, and a missed touch kick ended with Affies countering and scrumhalf Louis Venter scoring. The conversion put them 19-7 in front.

Two further converted tries in the second half, the first by centre Jurie Linde and much later by No. 8 Steven Meiring, made the final score 33-7, but College did come close to scoring a few times. It was an enjoyable game, well reffed by Blake Beattie from Durban, who allowed the game to flow.

Glenwood 33 Kirkham Grammar 7

This was one of the better English touring sides to play Glenwood in the last few years. They were big and strong and as their season progresses will likely do well in their local matches.

Glenwood looked rusty, not having played as a team for over a month. There were some good individual tries scored, but coach Sean Erasmus said that there would have to be a big improvement before the game on Saturday in Pretoria against Affies.

At half time Glenwood led 12-0 after two tries, both scored by lock Kobus Viljoen, with one converted by Warren Potgieter.

In the second half it was a little better as Glenwood began getting more cohesion in their play, and three further tries were scored to the one by the English visitors. Wandile Mazibuko, playing at lock, scored the first, then flank Rupert Kay and finally wing Derwent Stopforth went through. All three tries were converted by Potgieter.

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