Glenwood just pip College

2014-08-12 00:00

IN what was a gripping rugby match at Goldstones on Saturday, Glenwood edged Maritzburg College 21-20. College centre Marcel Coetzee had a penalty attempt with the last kick of the game go agonisingly wide, and Glenwood had done the double over their inland rivals once again. College haven’t beaten Glenwood since 2010.

College 20 Glenwood 21

Billed as a humdinger, the match lived up to expectation as both sides delivered a top drawer display of schoolboy rugby. This was Glenwood’s final game, while College have one more, taking on the mighty Grey College in Bloemfontein this Saturday.

Both sides started at a furious pace, keen to take the initiative early. Glenwood had the first opportunity to strike, but flyhalf Curtis Jonas’s 40 m effort struck the post, setting the tone for what lay ahead.

At the other end, Coetzee was soon into his stride, making sure his first effort gave the home side a 3-0 advantage. But the visitors hit back through centre Sparks Ngcobo who beat College fullback Matt Kriel’s rushed defence to get the first try of the afternoon, after number eight Jaco Coetzee won a College lineout and carried powerfully forward (5-3). College struck back immediately when good work from hooker Mas Mazwi’s useful run saw the ball chipped ahead and reclaimed by College wing Byron Watson. From the resultant ruck, Coetzee peeled off to score and convert (10-5).

The see-saw contest continued as no team could draw ahead. With College flyhalf Mac van der Linde placed under pressure, the visitors pounced, attacked the blindside and sent Ngcobo over for his second try. Jonas added the conversion and the sides changed ends with Glenwood 12-10 ahead.

College came close to breaching the line early in the second half, Jonas dishing out a try-saving tackle on Coetzee. But the latter added another penalty for College to edge ahead 13-12 and they extended the lead when skipper and number eight Daryn Goodson dotted down.

This came after a kick into space from Watson was gathered by centre Jordan Koeke­moer whose pass set up Goodson. Coetzee converted and College had some breathing space at 20-12 ahead.

Glenwood fullback Morné Joubert then produced what, in hindsight, was the defining moment of the game when he slotted a drop goal to edge the visitors closer (15-20) with time ticking on.

College had their chances to wrap up the game but vital mistakes cost them dearly. In between their attacks, Jonas added a penalty (20-18) and with a minute remaining, the men in green were awarded another penalty as College slowed the ball. Jonas raised the flags and the Durban side were 21-20 ahead.

From the kick-off, College attacked and were rewarded with what could have been a match-winning kick. It drifted wide and the final whistle heralded the end of a tough encounter.

Glenwood: Tries - Sparks Ngcobo (2); Cons - Curtis Jonas (1); Pen - Jonas (2), Drop - Morné Joubert

College: Tries - Marcel Coetzee, Daryn Goodson; Cons - Coetzee (2); Pen - Coetzee (2)

Glenwood Coach

Rudi Dames

“An intense game and an epic battle. There were many sore bodies after this.

“The result was in the balance right to the end. It was so physical, one of the hardest games I have watched as coach.

“We were not at our best but I will take the win. When luck comes your way, you have to enjoy it.

“My players put their bodies on the line for their school.”

College Coach

Ryan Strudwick

“We are disappointed and we should have won.

“For 60 minutes we played well and let it slip in the last 10 minutes. It’s something we do against Glenwood every time.

“Coetzee had kicked well and I think the pressure of the occasion caught him at the end.”

Strudwick ahead of Grey College (Bloem) match

“As of yesterday, we have one player — lock Slade Stewart — out with injury and possibly another two to be confirmed.

“We must play for the full 70 minutes. Errors in the last 10 minutes have proven costly for us but if we play like we have been in recent weeks, we should give a good account of ourselves.”

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