Glenwood, Grey College cruncher a fitting finale to the season

2010-08-14 00:00

THE last schools rugby match of the 2010 season takes place at Glenwood this afternoon when the home side take on the top team in the country, Grey College of Bloemfontein. It’s a fitting finale for Glenwood in their centenary year, but a loss is likely, which they will do well to keep to a relatively small margin.

Last year Glenwood had one of the better sides in their history, but in Bloemfontein they were beaten 62-3. The 2010 side will be determined to do better than that, but they play against a side that has been unbeaten this year, as was the Grey 2009 team.

Grey has played 15 matches, winning all, with the smallest margin being five points against Pretoria BHS. In the season they have scored a mammoth 661 points with 129 against, by playing 15-man rugby.

Glenwood has played 21 matches, winning 15 and losing six. Their losses have been against Affies, Maritzburg College, Paarl BHS, Rustenburg, Monument and St Andrews College. They beat College in the first match, but lost in the return at College. The losses against Rustenburg (one point) and Paarl (two points), could easily have gone the other way.

Perhaps a better indication of the relative strengths is the comparison of scores in the six matches played by both Glenwood and Grey against the same schools. Grey beat Monument 26-6 while Glenwood lost 5-26, both at the Kearsney Festival. Grey beat Kearsney 47-5, also at Kearsney, with Glenwood winning 21-17 later in the term. Outeniqua was thumped 47-6 by Grey, with Glenwood scraping to an 18-17 win.

Glenwood lost 9-11 against Paarl BHS in the mud at the Wildeklawer Tournament in Pretoria, with Grey beating Paarl 34-12. Against Selborne, Glenwood won 19-10 at the Easter Festival at Kearsney, with Grey winning 62-12 at the end of the second term.

Finally, Glenwood, in their last game two weeks ago, lost 32-54 against Affies, where as Grey had beaten Affies 23-6.

With 17 of the 22 players in the Free State side at Craven Week, and with five of them selected for the SA Schools side, Grey must be overwhelming favourites today. However, Glenwood, who had nine players in the KZN Craven Week team, will give of their best to make it a spectacle of rugby and perhaps run Grey close.

During Craven Week, KZN gave Free State a good run for their money, with most of the players in the two Under-18 provincial teams playing against each other.

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