College face favourites

2009-08-11 00:00

SCHOOLS rugby in the province came to an end on Saturday, when Glenwood hosted Maritzburg College in Durban. Glenwood have one more remaining match when they travel to Bloemfontein next Saturday to play Grey College.

The home side, after the win against second-ranked Affies last weekend, who had themselves moved up to two in the rankings behind Grey, were always going to be favourites against College, who have not had a good season.

Both teams were missing regulars and in fact, College only had two matric boys in their side, so it was a very young side that took on the best from KZN. They were unable to score any points, but did come close on a few occasions. However, resolute defence by Glenwood kept College out.

The lighter College pack did admirably, holding their own in the scrums and shading Glenwood in the lineouts, but the Glenwood backline proved dangerous each time they moved the ball. Two long-range penalty attempts into the wind by College must be seen as lost opportunities, as the option of kicking for a lineout would surely have given a better chance of mauling from the lineout and a chance of scoring.

If the College pressure had not been as good as it was, Glenwood would have scored far more than the four tries they did score. Many opportunities were lost by forward passes and dropped ball as they were looking for the tackle, instead of concentrating on the ball.

The match started in the best possible way for Glenwood, as their first try came after only four minutes when eighth man, Francois Kleinhans, receiving a well-timed pass from the backline, ran 40 metres down the touchline, evading a number of attempted tackles to score close to the uprights, giving Fred Zeilinga an easy conversion and Glenwood a 7-0 lead.

After 10 minutes, the lead had increased to 10-0 when Zeilinga converted a penalty. Waves of Glenwood backline moves came to nothing, as College defences held them, but with a few minutes remaining in the half, flank Meyrick Walker came through a maul with the ball in hand and just managed to dive over the line. Zeilinga converted and the half time lead stood at 17-0.

Playing into the wind, Glenwood kept the ball in hand, but College managed to prevent any scoring for the next quarter of the game.

The greater number of tackles made by College told in the last quarter of the match and Glenwood scored two more tries. The first by their captain and hooker Ruan Grobler from a lineout and then centre Kobus Louwrens, from a misdirected relieving kick by College.

Zeilinga converted into the wind from close to the touchline to give Glenwood a 31-0 win.

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