Glenwood reign supreme

2011-08-09 00:00

GLENWOOD was unstoppable for 20 minutes of their match against Maritzburg College on a cold and windy afternoon in Durban. Scoring five tries without reply in that period, they won 31-3, but the score could have been even bigger if they had not missed a number of kicks at goal.

This was the final school game in the 2011 season and it certainly cemented Glenwood as the top schoolboy rugby side in the province. This is the fourth year in succession that Glenwood has been rated as the top school side in KwaZulu-Natal.

The first Glenwood try was scored in the 25th minute, followed by two more before half-time and then another two in the first 10 minutes of the second half. The other 50 minutes of the match was evenly contested by the two teams.

The scintillating running of the whole Glenwood team in those 20 minutes blew College away. The visitors could not win much ball and then they missed vital tackles as wave after wave of Glenwood attacks swept downfield. In this period, when College did win ball they either kicked it away or were mown down by some fearless Glenwood tackling, with centre Dean Moolman leading the way.

The College supporters would have been disappointed but they would also have recognised the sublime rugby displayed by Glenwood.

The ball moved from left to right touchlines, with superb passing and handling as the ball moved rapidly through the hands of both the backs and the forwards, and with it all being done at top pace.

Missed tackles just opened the way for the Glenwood wave as the College defence was stretched. With the first line of defence breached it then became difficult to stop the home side as they surged on, with backs and forwards combining well.

The match started with College winning most of the possession and camping in the Glenwood half, but the Glenwood defence did not waver. Jesse Kriel converted a penalty to put College into an early lead after eight minutes. As Glenwood won more ball so their confidence grew.

From the 25th minute, when fullback Lwandile Nthlangulela dotted down, to the end of the half, Glenwood took the game away from College. A College penalty kick that did not find the touchline saw Glenwood mount an attack from their 22-metre area. The pace of the whole side, accurate passes and changes of direction had College at sea. Wayne Dalton dived over to score their second try. Siyabonga Tom converted and Glenwood led 12-3.

Two minutes later Glenwood repeated the attack from deep in their own half, and again the College defence was stretched and unable to prevent Dalton from scoring his second try. This left Glenwood 17-3 in front and looking totally in command.

They started the second half as they had ended the first and two further tries were scored in the first 10 minutes, the first by flyhalf Warren Potgieter after a quick ball at a penalty, and the other by lock Ferdi Horn following a drive from a lineout. Both these were converted by Tom to give Glenwood 31 points with 25 minutes still remaining.

To College’s credit they did not let Glenwood score again and Glenwood also had to put in some huge tackles to prevent College from crossing their line.

This game did not have the excitement of a close contest as in the first game between the two schools last term, but the skill shown by Glenwood would have pleased any rugby connoisseur’s heart. The respect shown by the two teams for one another was again evident after the final whistle.

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