Glenwood turn the tables

2013-08-20 00:00

The Glenwood Photonote Sevens Rugby Tournament got off to a great start over the weekend with the weather coming to the party.

Three of the seeded teams topped their groups and only in Group C did the seeded Kearsney lose narrowly, 12-14, against Die Anker. Favourites Glenwood, as well as Maritzburg College and Michaelhouse topped their groups after their pool matches. The log leaders then went on to compete in the Cup semi-finals. Teams finishing second went on to compete in the Plate semi-finals, those finishing third contested the Bowl semis and those finishing fourth contested the Shield. The sides that finished fifth and bottom of their groups played no further part in the tournament.

In the Shield semis, DHS overcame Lowveld from Nelspruit and Kingsway beat a determined Pinetown side. DHS won the Shield final, beating Kingsway 38-5, mainly due to the efforts of Kurt Webster.

In the race for the Bowl, Northwood had a comfortable 28-5 win against St Charles, while George Campbell beat Port Natal 26-14 to book themselves into the final, in which Northwood scored three unanswered tries to win 21-0.

The second-placed sides played in the Plate semi-finals. Pionier dashed Kearsney’s hopes late into the second half scoring a converted try to win 12-5 and Westville narrowly edged out Montana from Pretoria, 14–12. Pionier then produced a gutsy performance to surprisingly overcome Westville 21–5 to win the Plate.

The Cup semis were tipped to produce a 2012 repeat final of the host team and Maritzburg College. The pundits were proven right as Glenwood pulled up their socks in the second half to beat Die Anker from Brakpan 24–10, while Maritzburg College earned a hard fought 25-19 win over Michaelhouse.

The final looked set to be a repeat of the 2012 final where College beat Glenwood. This time however the hosts had too much pace for College and they ran them ragged, winning 50-17 with the two speedsters, Sphamandla “Sparks” Ngcobo and Morné Joubert, most prominent.

The Glenwood Sevens side celebrate their Sevens success on Saturday. They are, back from left to right: Mr Philip Molnar (Coach), Jacques Dumas, Ntokonto Vidima, Nama Xaba, James Venter, Sam Matiwanie, Mr Andre Thompson (Coach), Donivan du Randt, Curtis Jonas, Ilunga Mukinde.

Front from left to right: Sphamandla Ngcobo, Jaco Coetzee (Captain), Morné Joubert, Marco Palvie


Pool A: 1 Maritzburg College, 2 Montana, 3 George Campbell, 4 Kingsway, 5 Port Shepstone Pool B: 1 Glenwood, 2 Pionier, 3 St Charles, 4 Lowveld, 5 Kloof Pool C: 1 Die Anker, 2 Kearsney, 3 Northwood, 4 DHS, 5 Clifton

Pool D: 1 Michaelhouse, 2 Westville, 3 Port Natal, 4 Pinetown, 5 KZN Development


1. Glenwood (Cup winner), 2. Maritzburg College, 3. Michaelhouse, 4. Die Anker, 5. Pionier (Plate winner), 6. Westville, 7. Montana, 8. Kearsney, 9. Northwood (Bowl winner), 10. George Campbell, 11. Port Natal, 12. St Charles, 13. DHS (Shield winner), 14. Kingsway, 15. Pinetown, 16. Lowveld, 17. Port Shepstone, Kloof, Clifton College, KZN Development

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