Glenwood outclass College

2013-08-06 00:00

MARITZBURG College ended their rugby season in their 150th year on a disappointing note after losing 15-33 against Glenwood in Durban on Saturday.

After the first game where College showed tremendous courage losing by just four points in an epic game with 14 players for more than half the game, Saturday’s match was a let- down.

Glenwood deserved the win as they played the better rugby for three quarters of the game. College started well but as the game wore on, Glenwood’s confidence grew and in the second half there was just one side in in the game.

It was a match with a large number of penalties evenly spread between the two teams, who were both penalised mainly for offences on the ground after tackles. A strong breeze did have some effect and it was College who played with it in the first half. What let College down was their decision making.

Glenwood supporters were looking worried after the first 20 minutes with College leading 15-0 after two good tries and a penalty. The first try scored by Glenwood was in the 23rd minute when wing Morné Joubert scored in the corner. Both teams were guilty of a number of mistakes and there was no further scoring, leaving College 15-5 in front at half time.

College’s Marcel Coetzee opened the score with a brilliant individual effort when he broke through the Glenwood line and ran close to 50 metres to score in the corner. He followed this with a penalty and then converted Hayden Tharratt’s try, which was scored from a ruck close to the line. It looked as if the Glenwood forwards had prevented the try but Tharratt stretched full length to put pressure on the ball on the tryline.

Glenwood, playing with the wind in the second half, did not kick much but rather kept the ball in hand and some direct hard running, particularly by eighth man Jaco Coetzee, caused many problems for the College defence. The second Glenwood try came from such a run and when the College cover defence attempted to stop ­Coetzee, he passed to fullback Corné Vermaak, who scored under the poles. The conversion closed the gap to 12-15.

Four minutes later, an attempted clearance by College into the wind was gathered by Glenwood and the ball was passed through a number of hands to speedy wing Sparks Ngcobo, whose pace allowed him to round the cover and score close to the uprights for another simple conversion. For the first time, Glenwood took the lead 19-15.

Glenwood’s final two tries were scored by the two wings, Joubert and Ngcobo, both outpacing the College backs. Both tries were scored in the corners and Vermaak certainly had his kicking boots on as he converted both for the 33-15 victory.

College will be pleased that the season has come to an end, while Glenwood travel to Bloemfontein for a tough fixture against Grey College on Friday.

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