GLENWOOD HIGH SCHOOL – WELKOM GIMNASIUM
The final day of the Standard Bank Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival opened with two sides in the top four of the games thus far. Glenwood, undoubtedly the top team of the festival, and Welkom Gimnasium, making their debut at this 11th annual festival. Despite having lost against HTS Drostdy on Saturday, Welkom was one of the better sides at the festival.
It took Glenwood just four minutes to open the scoring when centre Bani Holtshauzen broke through, rounded the defence, scoring behind the poles. Dylan Pretorius converted for a 7-0 lead.
This caused Welkom to up their game and they kept Glenwood in their own half for the middle of the half. One penalty attempt hit the upright and a second penalty a few minutes later from 42m was converted by flyhalf Ryan Davids. They did reach the red zone, but Glenwood defences held and in the last five minutes of the half, Glenwood’s Pretorius added three points to make the score 10-3.
Glenwood then almost scored and from the 5m scrum the ball was moved quickly and flyhalf Pretorius made a break. With two defenders on his back, he forced his way over between the uprights, to make his conversion an easy kick and a 17-3 half-time lead.
Ten minutes into the second half, after some to and fro play, a 5m scrum after Glenwood had been awarded a penalty resulted in scrumhalf Joe Jonas diving over. Well converted by Pretorius, this extended the Glenwood lead to 24-3.
Glenwood had dominated and appeared to take their foot off the pedal as the game stuttered for the remainder of the half.
With all the Glenwood reserves playing, ahead of the team travelling to the international tournament at the Paarl Boys High 150th celebration, they were content to see off play. But it was a steal by Welkom in their own 5m area, and a kick ahead by Marno April, that resulted in him scoring the final try. This was converted by Davids, to make the final score 24-10 to Glenwood, for the Green Machine to end the festival unbeaten.
Glenwood: Tries Bani Holtshauzen, Dylan Pretorius, Joe Jonas; Conversions Dylan Pretorius (3); Penalty Dylan Pretorius
Welkom: Tries Marno April; Conversion Ryan Davids; Penalty Ryan Davids
Day 3 – Monday 17 April
09h30 Glenwood – Welkom Gimnasium; 10h45 Hoërskool Noord-Kaap – Hoërskool Framesby; 12h00 HTS Middelburg – Queen’s College; 13h15 DHS – Dale College; 14h30 HTS Drostdy – Selborne; 15h45 Kearsney College – Pretoria Boys High
Day 1 – Thursday 29 March
Kearsney College 25 – 26 HTS Middelburg; Queen’s College 10 – 14 Pretoria Boys High; Glenwood 29 – 26 HTS Drostdy; Dale College 5 – 15 Hoërskool Framesby; Selborne 13 – 16 DHS; Welkom Gimnasium 28 – 3 Hoërskool Noord-Kaap
Day 2 – Saturday 31 March
Hoërskool Framesby 13 – 10 Pretoria Boys High; DHS 24 – 7 Queen’s College; Kearsney College 20 – 11 Hoërskool Noord-Kaap; Glenwood 39 – 0 Dale College; HTS Drostdy 22 – 14 Welkom Gimnasium; Selborne 33 – 19 HTS Middelburg