Monument (Monnas) ended Glenwood’s unbeaten season with a 40-15 win in Krugersdorp on Saturday.
Glenwood, who were without three of their top players for the Premier Interschools clash, failed to gain momentum. The Monnas forwards were too strong at the set pieces especially the scrum which gave their backs front foot ball.
First blood went to the hosts via the boot of their flyhalf, Luke Rossouw, after a scrappy opening 10 minutes.
Holtzhouzen then levelled the scores two minutes later but Rossouw restored their lead through a penalty of his own.
Monnas lock, Ruan Vermaak, crashed over for the first try of the game after some brilliant lineout play. Rossouw added the extras taking the half-time score to 13-10.
Monnas were first to score after the restart through fullback, Dandré Prinsloo, who combined with Vermaak in midfield to crash over in the corner for an unconverted try.
Glenwood went on the attack and put the Monnas defence under pressure for the first time in the match. They were rewarded when flyhalf, Francke Botha, dotted down from close quarters. Holtzhousen succeeded with the conversion taking the score to 18-10 with 20 minutes to play.
The visitors were trapped for hands in the ruck. Rossouw tapped over the penalty from in front to extend their lead.
Prinsloo then sliced through the Glenwood defence and made 45 metres before offloading to the ever present Vermaak who put burly centre, MJ Pelser away for a converted try.
Monnas winger, Karel Vahrmeijer, created a moment of magic chasing his kick to score his side’s fourth try.
Glenwood center, Martin Holtzhausen, showed his class carving through the host’s defence to score an outstanding individual try with five minutes to play.
The “Wit Bulle” were not done though. Rossouw gathered his own chip kick and powered over to score under the posts in the dying minutes. He converted his own try to record a compelling five tries to two victory for the home side.
Man of the Match:
Nathan McBeth (Monument)
Tries: Ruan Vermaak, Dandré Prinsloo, MJ Pelser, Karel Vahrmeijer, Luke Rossouw
Conversions: Luke Rossouw (3)
Penalties: Luke Rossouw (3)
Tries: Francke Botha, Martin Holtzhausen
Conversions: Martin Holtzhausen (1)
Penalties: Martin Holtzhausen (1)
15 Dandré Prinsloo, 14 Karel Vahrmeijer, 13 Louwtjie Dyson, 12 MJ Pelser, 11 Arno van der Westhuizen, 10 Luke Rossouw, 9 Tinus Combrinck, 8 PJ Jacobs, 7 Cristen van Niekerk, 6 Kevin le Roux, 5 Ruan Vermaak, 4 Christopher Havenga, 3 Dewald Schoeman, 2 PJ Botha, 1 Nathan McBeth
Replacements: 16 Jano Lourens, 17 Coenrad Vrey, 18 Jandré Botha, 19 Larko Lindes, 20 Jonty Algera, 21 Brendan Buitendag, 22 Cameron Schutzler, 23 Dylan Wood
15 Dylan Kruger, 14 Devon Brough, 13 Martin Holtzhausen, 12 Seun Maduna, 11 GJ Lubbe, 10 Francke Botha, 9 Jayden Jooste, 8 Austin Brummer (C), 7 Kevin Smit, 6 Jonothan O’Neill, 5 Dylan Weideman, 4 Edward Laubscher, 3 Renier van Rooyen, 2 Brendon Schwulst, 1 Quintin Voster
Replacements: 16 Connor Botha, 17 Shane Westman, 18 Lindelwe Cele, 19 Matthew Bauer, 20 Brad Roodt, 21 Sibonakaliso Dubazane, 22 Morné van Rensburg, 23 Conan le Fleur
Written by www.schoolrugby.co.za