Bizarre error sinks Glenwood

2013-03-26 00:00

MOST schools did not have any rugby over the long weekend, but with festivals at Greytown, Zululand, Potchefstroom and Graeme College, there were local schools involved in matches.

Westville 10 Grey HS 16

Westville travelled to Grahamstown to play in the Graeme College Rugby Day last Thursday, where they played against Grey HS from Port Elizabeth.

It was a tough encounter, with Grey playing largely a forward game. Westville held Grey in the scrums but lost a number of lineouts particularly in areas from where they could attack to score.

At half time, Grey led 10-3 after scoring a try and a penalty, to a penalty converted by Louis Snyman. Fullback Snyman scored a good try, which he converted to draw level midway through the second half. Grey added two penalties and in the dying minutes of the game Westville had got over the line, but Grey held them up and the referee blew the final whistle.

Stirling 7 Westville 26

Westville played into the wind in the first half and found it very difficult. Stirling scored and Westville managed to work their way up the field with lock Wiehan Prinsloo barging over. This left Westville 5-7 down at the break.

It was better with the wind behind them and Westville ran in three tries using largely bench players. Scrumhalf Reece McHardy scored the first and was then subbed. Tighthead Mzamo Majola scored the second and with five minutes remaining, centre Brad Ellse went over. All three were converted by Matt Larkins for the 26 points, with Sterling not able to score playing into the wind.

Glenwood 26 Garsfontein 48

Glenwood travelled to the Pukke Festival in Potchefstroom where three games were played. On Thursday, they came up against Garsfontein from Pretoria, which rose rapidly to be ranked 11th in the country last year. The game was played under lights and Garsfontein shocked Glenwood to be 15-0 up after the first 10 minutes.

Glenwood then consolidated and scored three tries in the last 10 minutes of the half to trail 19-29 at the break. Akhona Nela, Wandi Mazibuko and Corné Vermaak all got over the line with Kyle Gerhard converting two.

Garsfontein started the second half as they had done the first, scoring twice early in the half. The remaining 25 minutes became scrappy and loose compared to the first half, but the Pretoria side did score again to take their total to 48. Glenwood scored a late consolation try with Nkululeko Mcume.

Glenwood 31 HTS Drostdy 34

While it was a loss that came in the last minute of the game, Glenwood had made many mistakes in the passing and handling and it was a run-away try by Drostdy that gave them a win as Glenwood had been leading 31-29 in the final minutes of the game.

The lead was 17-10 at half time after two converted tries by Gerhard and Mcume and a penalty by Gerhard. In the second half they extended the lead to 24-10 when Sphamandle Ngcobo scored. Drostdy hit back, driving from a lineout to add seven points and narrow the gap to 17-24. Midway through, a try had brought Drostdy to within two points of Glenwood.

Prop Kenny van Niekerk then scored and Glenwood were 31-22 ahead, but Drostdy capitalised on another Glenwood mistake soon after to make it 29-31 before the winning try in the final minute.

It was a bizarre end as Glenwood were awarded a penalty with seconds remaining and the captain, instead of taking the three points on offer, decided to tap and run the ball. In a tackle, the ball spilled forward and the Drostdy wing ran 70 metres to score and win the game against the run of play.

Weston played at the Greytown Festival, winning against King Edward from Matatiele and Durban North College.

Howick went to Zululand to play in the Felixton Festival and came home with two wins and a loss.

Against Empangeni, Howick won 11-10 and then beat hosts Felixton 13-10. Their loss came against Penryn from Nelspruit.

Wartburg were also at Felixton, where they won their first match against Felixton before losing their other two against Empangeni and Ashton College.

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