Glenwood face buoyant Affies in tough clash

2010-07-31 00:00

GLENWOOD, the only KZN rugby team playing third-term rugby, are in Pretoria today where they will play Affies. This will be the penultimate rugby game in the Glenwood Centenary year, but their rugby season has not been as strong as the team delivered in 2009.

Affies on the other hand have had a good season, winning most of their games convincingly. They have lost three matches, against Paarl Boys’ High (8-13), against Grey College (6-23) and a surprising but narrow 38-42 loss against Monument.

The only KZN team that both Glenwood and Affies have played is Maritzburg College. Glenwood, playing at home, beat College 20-13, but in the return match, the final match in the second term, College turned the tables on Goldstones, winning 35-16. When Affies played College a week earlier, it was a committed KZN side that went down 20-32 due to two late tries by Affies.

College had the better of Glenwood in the scrums and it was only in the lineouts where Affies had the ascendency over College. Glenwood will need to put their bodies on the line in defence and hope that the forwards step up a gear to give the backs good ball.

Paarl Boys’ High is another team that both have played. As indicated, Affies lost and Glenwood also went down 9-11 in the Wilde Klawer Superschools tournament, but played in wet and muddied conditions at Affies.

Monument have also beaten Glenwood, during the Kearsney Festival in the Easter holiday. The score was 26-5 to Monument.

Glenwood have kept in rugby trim by playing two games this term, but both have been relatively easy wins. The first was a 66-0 win against the KZN Development U18 team and the second was a 43-7 win against Barnard College from England.

To have a chance today, the Glenwood defence must be strong and the tight five will need to stand up against the heavy Affies pack. Then the Glenwood three-quarters will have a chance of scoring tries.

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