Glenwood in top form

2015-04-21 00:00

THE curtain-raiser to the Sharks-Bulls was a highly entertaining affair, as Glenwood and Maritzburg College battled it out at King’s Parks on Saturday.

But it was the Durban boys Glenwood who came out tops with an emphatic 57-12 win over the Maritzburg pupils. A hat trick of tries from wing Ilunga Mukendi and a barnstorming performance from eighthman Marco Palvie were highlights of the Green Machine’s victory.

Despite the difference on the scoreboard, the match was a hard-fought affair and the College boys stood up valiantly to a Glenwood outfit that finally seemed to hit their straps this season.

The first 10 minutes of the match were tightly-contested. Glenwood did most of the attacking but the College defence stood strong. However, College ­conceded a penalty at a ruck and Glenwood flyhalf Jerome Bossr wasted no time in slotting the penalty to make it 3-0 just before the 10-minute mark.

College’s discipline let them down again soon after as they were pinged ­offside off a lineout, and Bossr made them pay with a second penalty kick.

Soon after, Mukendi grabbed his first try of the afternoon, rounding off a good counter-attacking move from a College kick. Mukendi powered over in the left corner, but Bossr couldn’t add the extras.

Play moved into the midfield after the first try, but Mukendi was on hand for his second not long after. Glenwood kicked the ball down field, which Mukendi gathered showcasing his blistering pace and strength as he beat College’s fullback Ruben van Blerk to score. Bossr converted to make it 18-0.

But College stayed in the fight and scored their first try of the afternoon. Attacking from a scrum just inside Glenwood’s half, College’s flyhalf Juan de Wet attacked the line before offloading to inside centre Charl Frackers, who ran away to score under the posts. Van Blerk added the extras to make it 18-7.

Play seesawed for the rest of the half before Glenwood scored on the stroke of half time. With a scrum on College’s line, Glenwood set up two phases before big tighthead prop Khuthazani Mchunu crashed over under the post for his side’s third try, which Bossr converted to make it 25-7 at the break.

College seemed incensed after the break and had control for the first few minutes of the second half. A good, patient build up proved fruitful as some good passing saw wing Xolisa Guma barge his way over in the left hand corner for an unconverted try.

However, that was the last time College would cross the whitewash.

Bossr slotted a penalty soon after to make it 28-12 before Mukendi rounded off his hat-trick. Glenwood were stuck on defence before turning the ball over. Rather than kicking it out of their half, the ball went out wide to Mukendi who streaked away for his third try, which Bossr converted.

Glenwood outside centre Donovan du Randt then got in on the action. A few minutes later, the ball was spread wide to Du Randt, who chipped the ball and dived onto it to score in the left corner. Bossr added the extras.

Du Randt then grabbed his second after yet another strong line-break from Palvie. Bossr slotted the conversion to make it 49-12. Soon after that, he slotted another penalty kick after a high tackle.

The Glenwood flyhalf had the final say in the match, backing himself to beat the College defence after picking up a loose ball around the half way line. He couldn’t convert his own try though, leaving the final score 57-12.

Other results

George Campbell 15-12 St Charles


Glenwood 57 (25) Tries: Mchunu, Mukendi (3), Du Randt (2), Bossr. Penalties: Bossr (4). Conversions: Bossr (6)

Maritzburg College 12 (7) Try: Frackers, Guma. Conversion: Van Blerk.

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