It’s time to level matters

2014-08-09 00:00

OLD foes Glenwood and Maritzburg College meet on Goldstones today in the KZN capital in a match tinted with emotion.

This is Glenwood’s swansong for the season, while it’s College’s final home clash ahead of their final curtain next week in Bloemfontein against the mighty Grey College outfit. Goldstones is one of the hallowed grounds of schoolboy rugby in the province and today’s clash has all the ingredients to be a humdinger.

Both sides have enjoyed extended seasons and reflect with pride on what was achieved. College have suffered only two defeats — 16-17 to Wynberg Boys’ High at the Grey PE festival and 14-27 to Glenwood in Durban.

Glenwood have been unstoppable in KZN and their only defeats have been at various festivals against schools recognised for their rugby prowess.

Playing at home is a huge advantage for College, Goldstones invariably lined by passionate home side supporters and old boys. It’s massive for them, but Glenwood, who have a good record at College, remain undeterred.

“Our band travels with us and ensures we get the encouragement we need,” said Glenwood coach Rudi Dames. “They travelled to Affies last week and it was like a home game for us as they drowned out the home team’s support.”

However, it’s the business on the field that counts. “It’s never easy playing at College and both sides are coming off quality seasons,” said Dames.

“There shouldn’t be too much in it at the end and the side who uses their opportunities and defends well will be the winner …”

College, no doubt, will want to finish the season in style on home turf and sign off with a win for those playing their final game. “Obviously we want to level matters after our defeat earlier in the season,” said College coach Ryan Strudwick.

“We haven’t beaten Glenwood for four years and two years ago, both matches were drawn. That shows the approach by both sides to the game. The players realise the magnitude of the match and play with their respective badges on their sleeves.”

Glenwood and College have beaten Affies in recent weeks and are primed for a match of epic proportions. Glenwood have no injuries and field their full strength side — which includes SA Schools players Morné Joubert (15) and Jaco Coetzee (No 8) — while College have been able to put out the same side for their last four games.

Through the years:

2000: College 28 Glenwood 16; College 18 Glenwood 24

2001: College 37 Glenwood 12; College 15 Glenwood 6

2002: College 28 Glenwood 0; College 33 Glenwood 3

2003: College 30 Glenwood 8

2004: College 24 Glenwood 26; College 21 Glenwood 7

2005: College 30 Glenwood 7;

College 12 Glenwood 5

2006: College 24 Glenwood 0;

College 14 Glenwood 19

2007: College 12 Glenwood 19

2 008: College 10 Glenwood 47;

College 7 Glenwood 15

2009: College 11 Glenwood 23;

College 0 Glenwood 31

2010: College 20 Glenwood 13;

College 13 Glenwood 20

2011: College 30 Glenwood 31, College3 Glenwood 31

2012: College 27 Glenwood 27;

College 16 Glenwood 16

2013: College 40 Glenwood 44;

College 15 Glenwood 33


• First match between the schools was in 1921, played at Albert Park in Durban. Glenwood, known then as the Durban Technical School, won 5-0.

• College have not beaten Glenwood since 2010.

• College’s biggest win was 61-13 at College, in 1995.

• Glenwood’s biggest win was 47-10, at College, in 2008.

Played 165

College wins 109

Glenwood wins 40

Draws 16

Their records so far:

College in 2014

v Northwood 31-6 (W)

v Pretoria Boys’ High 42-28 (W)

v Linden 21-14 (W)

v St Andrew’s 23-20 (W)

v Wynberg Boys’ High 16-17 (L)

v Coca-Cola Invitation XV 56-15 (W)

v Diamantveld 21-7 (W)

v KES 25-25 (D)

v Kearsney 29-17 (W)

v Glenwood 14-27 (L)

v Hilton College 37-5 (W)

v Michaelhouse 25-24 (W)

v DHS 52-15 (W)

v Westville Boys’ High 11-11 (D)

v Affies 37-10 (W)

v Pretoria Boys 35-18 (W)

Glenwood in 2014

v Westville 32-15 (W)

v Michaelhouse 17-14 (W)

v Bishops 23-11 (W)

v Jeppe 22-10 (W)

v Dale College 31-17 (W)

v EG Jansen 31-18 (W)

v Framesby 31-29 (W)

v Waterkloof 27-39 (L)

v Outeniqua 15-20 (L)

v DHS 38-13 (W)

v Port Natal 65-3 (W)

v Maritzburg College 27-14 (W)

v Monument 19-30 (L)

v Hilton 67-7 (W)

v Northwood 64-27 (W)

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