College aim to reverse results

2013-07-27 00:00

GLENWOOD and Maritzburg College play rugby games today against opponents from Pretoria. It is College’s penultimate match of the season while Glenwood play their first match this term and they have two games still to play.

Affies’ match on Dixons against Glenwood is seen by some schoolboy rugby pundits as one of the matches of the season. Affies, ranked as the top school rugby side in the country in three ranking systems, should win the match fairly comfortably. Last weekend they won by more than 30 points against College, but this was on their home ground. After 34 minutes in the game the scores were level and then College ran out of steam.

Thus if Glenwood can produce the rugby that they have done in some of their better games, there is a chance they could surprise. Glenwood have not been as consistent as coach Sean Erasmus would have liked but he is sure to fire them up for this challenge.

Among the three quarters, Glenwood will be more competitive than College were, but the Affies forwards are likely to dominate as they eventually did against College and if they win the lion’s share of the ball it will be a difficult task for the local boys.

On Goldstones in the capital, College host Pretoria Boys’ in a return fixture. In the first week of the second term College lost by two points in Pretoria and they will be confident of reversing the result today.

Pretoria Boys’ will come with intent on winning both games and as they lost last week by 10 points against Grey College, they have a side that can win again. College need to play as they did for the first half against Affies last weekend but maintain the momentum until the final whistle.

Although Boys’ High have a large pack of forwards, College should be able to match them in the tight phases, but the battle for the loose ball could prove vital. If the home side can win more possession then they will have a better chance to win today.

The latter part of the season has been difficult for College as they have played the four KZN sides that are ranked above them and then Affies, so they will be determined to break the five-match losing streak.

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