Glenwood Crowned at Kingspark

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Glenwood became the Kings of Kingspark on Saturday when they outplayed favourites Maritzburg College to win 57-12 in a display of power and speed. Glenwood had a difficult start to the season losing four games so far. Glenwood Old boy John Allan presented the jerseys to the boys before the game and his inspirational words helped to focus and fire up the Green Machine as they never looked like losing once the whistle went for the start of the game.
Glenwood enjoyed most of the possession in the first 10 minutes and left wing Ilunga Mukendi showed some enterprising running that will eventually lead to hin scoring a hat trick of tries. Flyhalf Jerome Bossr gave his side a 6-0 lead with two penalties after 12 minutes of play. In the meantime College lost one of their star players in centre Matt Kriel with an injury that upset the rhythm of the College backline.
The College scrum was under pressure from the outset and conceded two tight heads which Glenwood ran at their goal line. College manage to survive these attacks, but after a poor clearance from College, Bossr switched the attack to the left and after interplay with fullback Jaydon Morgan, they put Mukendi away who stepped off his left and broke inside and then powered his way over the line with three defenders on his back. Bossr could not convert and Glenwood was leading 11-0 after 15 minutes.
Bossr then kicked what seemed to be an aimless ball downfield, the ball bounced high and into the hands of Mukendi who followed up at speed and he raced away to score Glenwood’s second try under the posts. Bossr converted and suddenly Glenwood was 18-0 up after only 24 minutes.
Then came a bit of College magic. Flyhalf Jean de Wet took half a gap and with a underarm offload put centre Charl Frackers into a gap and he stepped beautifully to the inside to score next to the poles. Fullback Van Blerk converted and College was on the scoreboard with the score 18-7 to Glenwood after 26 minutes.
Glenwood went right back onto the offensive resulting in prop Khuthazani Mchunu crashing over for Glenwood’s third try right on halftime. Bossr converted and Glewwood lead 25-7.
College started the second half like a team out to prove a point and did not take the opportunity to kick at posts for two penalties, instead opting to go for the 5 pointers. From a tap and charge they went wide to the left and wing Xolisa Guma scored in the corner. Van Blerk’s conversion as missed and Glenwood was still ahead 25-12. Bossr converted a penalty for Glenwood after a ruck infringement to make the core 28-12.
Glenwood 8th man Marco Palvi then took over the show and showed why he is so highly rated by the KZN faithful. He won ball on the ground, broke the defences with some bullocking runs and linked up well with his speedy backline. From one of his turnovers, Glenwood fed the ball wide to the left and that man Mukendi was there again to round off a hat trick of tries. Bossr was once again successful and Glenwood was now racing away with the score 35-12 after 52 minutes.
From a tap kick penalty, centre Donovan du Randt fly kicked the ball ahead and dived onto the ball in the in goal area to score Glenwood’s 5th try. Again Bossr converted and at 42-12 the writing was on the wall for College. Palvie broke through midfield 4 minutes later to send Du Randt away who scored his second try under the posts. Bossr converted and after 58 minutes the score was 49-12.
Bossr then took the score to 50 when he converted a penalty to put Glenwood 52-12 up.
Palvie was now breaking the College line at will and created all sorts of problems for their defence. He offloaded to Mukendi who was stopped just short of the line for what would have been his 4th try. College never stopped running the ball and counter attacked from the turnover ball. The lost the ball in possession after the siren went for the game and Bossr picked it up to run down the touchline and score in the corner. He could not convert his own try and Glenwood ended up winning 57-12 in a display of power rugby.



For Maritzburg College:
Tries: Charl Frackers, Xolisa Guma
Con: Ruben van Blerk

For Glenwood:
Tries: Ilunga Mukendi 3, Donovan du Randt 2, Khuthazani Mchunu, Jerome Bossr
Cons: Jerome Bossr 5
Pens: Jerome Bossr 4

Maritzburg College: 15 Ruben van Blerk, 14 Kudzaishe Munangi, 13 Matthew Kriel, 12 Charl Frackers, 11 Xolisa Guma, 10 Jean de Wet, 9 Kyle Bowman, 8 Craig Glover, 7 Durang Atembe, 6 Kelton Thunder (captain), 5 D’Niel Immelman, 4 Bjorn Olivier, 3 Andrew Reintges, 2 Samuel Swanepoel, 1 Tanaka Chikwezvero
Replacements: 16 Austin Landman, 17 Smith, 18 Nic Odendaal, 19 Jonathon Colenbrander, 20 Corey Rattray, 21 Sthembokuhle Mpanza, 22 Hloni Tamhane

Glenwood: 15 Jaydon Morgan, 14 Ruan van Rensburg, 13 Donovan du Randt, 12 Marthinus Holtzhausen, 11 Ilunga Mukendi, 10 Jerome Bossr, 9 Jordan du Preez, 8 Marco Palvie, 7 Kuyenzeka Xaba (captain), 6 Austin Brummer, 5 Jeremia Brynard, 4 Dylan Weideman, 3 Khuthazani Mchunu, 2 Connor Botha, 1 Christopher Klopper.
Replacements: 16 Quintin Vorster, 17 Barnard van Rooyen, 18 Kwenzokuhle Blose, 19 Mayibongwe Maduna, 20 Sibonakaliso Dubazane, 21 Gideon Lubbe, 22 Devan Brough, 23 Ajay Pretorius.


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