Glenwood outclass rusty College

2008-07-20 00:00

The winter break has not been kind to Maritzburg College as the momentum that they had built up in their last few matches before the holiday was brushed aside by a highly competent Glenwood performance on Goldstones on Saturday.

A relatively small crowd of about 3 000 spectators witnessed a superb display by Glenwood, who out-thought, outmanoeuvred and outran the home side, scoring seven tries to one by College in their comprehensive 47-10 victory.

In the first match against Glenwood last term, the College forwards dominated and mistakes were reduced to a minimum for the duration of the 80 minutes. This made it a very tight encounter and Glenwood would have felt very relieved to have come away with a win.

On Saturday afternoon College made many mistakes which Glenwood eventually punished, and with their loose forward trio dominating, they were able to set up try-scoring opportunities.

Scrums were evenly contested, although SA School’s hooker Shaun Malton was able to get two against the head.

Glenwood shaded College in the lineouts, but it was the missed tackles and the contest for the ball on the ground which counted against College.

The first quarter was fairly even and the first time Glenwood got into the College 22 metre area was after about 20 minutes of play.

Flyhalves Keelin Bastew for College and Storm Pearton for Glenwood then traded penalties, but one could see the Glenwood confidence beginning to build.

As the match progressed so the Glenwood team became more and more confident, with Kleynhans popping up all over at the breakdowns. Just before the break, flank Ruan Burr-Dixon powered his way over for a touchdown, with a number of College defenders hanging on. Pearton converted from wide out for Glenwood to lead 15-3.

Ten minutes into the second half, lock Steen Smith and Burr-Dixon again were involved in taking the ball upfield, and from the tackle, the ball swung out to wing Marinus Coetzee, who dotted down. Pearton successfully converted and a few minutes later succeeded with a penalty for Glenwood to lead 25-3.

The fourth Glenwood try came towards the end of the third quarter, when College had been reduced to 14 players due to a yellow card. A Glenwood maul advanced and when brought to ground, scrumhalf Andrich Arlow darted over for the visitors to lead 30-3.

Within the space of the next 10 minutes, three further Glenwood tries were scored by Malton, Kleynhans, and, in the try of the match, some fine interpassing and quick hands saw Coetzee go over under the posts for his second try.

Pearton added the extra points and Glenwood led 47-3 with 10 minutes remaining.

College ended with a consolation try when centre Andrew Norton broke for fullback Brett Young to score. Bastew converted from the touchline to give College their 10 points.

This was a fine performance by Glenwood and it would have taken a very good side to beat them on the day.

Other scores: Hilton 44 Westville 39; Michaelhouse 69 George Campbell 0; Voortrekker 27 Weston 25.

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