College fight back against tough Glenwood

2008-05-18 00:00

A good crowd of some 4 000 spectators witnessed a titanic battle on Dixons at Glenwood, between the hosts and Maritzburg College.

The mauling that many thought Glenwood would inflict on College just did not happen and the Durban side finally won 15-7.

It was not pretty, but it was intense and if the College backline had had more pace, the result could have been even closer. The College forwards played with real commitment and the backs received the lion’s share of possession. When Glenwood won ball, the College tackling prevented the more talented Glenwood threequarters from having too much space.

During the first half, College had a territorial advantage, but could not penetrate the Glenwood defence, although they did have their chances.

The hosts did not commit too many players to the break-downs, using more players in the defensive line.

This enabled College to dominate these phases, but they could not make any inroads.

The first points came at the end of the first quarter when Glenwood flyhalf Storm Pearton, kicked a long penalty of more than 50 metres.

The next points came in the 32nd minute when the College defence, having a player in the cooler, were caught out at a free kick by the quick-thinking and hard-running flank Ruan Burr-Dixon, who went over in the corner, leaving the half time score 8-0 to the home side.

The second half saw each side score a try. The Glenwood one came after 23 minutes when a rare break was made by Pearton who then fed the ball quickly out to the right, finding right wing Marinus Coetzee, who had some space and used his pace to round the defences to score, giving Pearton an easy conversion.

At 15-0 up, Glenwood could then have run away with the game, but College’s defence never flagged. In the final minute of the game, College were rewarded for their commitment, with a try by Shaun Hansmeyer, after some continued pressure on the Glenwood line.

Fullback Brett Young converted from the touch-line to leave Glenwood happy 15-7 winners.

Other available scores:

DHS 55 Northwood 3 (Friday evening); Westville 59 George Campbell 0; Thomas More 34 Wartburg 15; Voortrekker 43 Gelofte 12; Durban Akademie 29 Clifton 8;

Scottburgh 17 Crawford NC 0; Grantleigh 20 Crawford LL 3.

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