Brave Voories try hard, but fall to Glenwood

2009-05-10 00:00

VOORTREKKER were brave in taking on the high-riding Glenwood side and if their tackling had not been courageous, the score would have been much greater than the 59-0 final score.

This was despite Glenwood having a handful of first team players combined with some second XV players, those who travelled to Japan and some some under 16 players. This combination did take time to settle, but initially it was due to the pressure exerted by some first time tackling by the Voortrekker defences.

Glenwood dominated both territory and possession and it was 20 minutes before Voortrekker actually got out of their own half. On attack, they were usually stopped in their tracks and seldom got close to the Glenwood try line.

During the first half, Voortrekker did their utmost to prevent Glenwood scoring. With the plethora of ball being won, it was inevitable that they must score. The first try was a well-orchestrated back line movement, where the ball spread rapidly through the hands with centre Liam Mullaney dotting down for a 5-0 lead.

Two further tries were scored in the last quarter of the half, both coming from missed first time tackles. The first was by eighth man Gerhard Botha and the other by wing Allan Smith. Both were converted by Kobus Lourens for a 19-0 lead at the break.

With their dominance, it seemed almost unfair for Glenwood to bring on fresh legs. They eventually had five new players on the field and the number of tackles made by the Voortrekker players gradually took its toll.

The visitors were even stronger in the scrums, at the tackled ball and it was only in the lineouts that Voortrekker still had an even chance. A further six tries were scored at regular intervals through the half, five of them converted by Lourens.

The replacement centre scored the first three minutes into the half, followed seven minutes later by lock Alwyn van Vuuren after a break away. Six minutes later, fullback Hannes Visagie took the ball at pace breaking through the Voortrekker line.

The last three tries came in the 20th, 27th and 30th minutes to replacement wings Natie Khumalo and Reece Edwards with the final try being scored by prop Jarryd Sichel.

While it was a whitewash, Voortrekker never gave up. As they were unable to bring on fresh players as Glenwood had done, the huge tackle-count had sapped their energy, giving the Durban lads far more freedom to run in the second half.

Other scores: Maritzburg College 35 DHS 13; Westville 31 George Campbell 0; Port Natal 20 Northwood 9; St Henrys 6 New Forest 5; Thomas More 15 Treverton 10; Grantleigh 22 Craword LL 0; Grosvenor 15 Kingsway 10; Howick 21 Wartburg 10

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