GLENWOOD HIGH SCHOOL RUGBY TEAM BACK ON TRACK
Written by: Daegan Martin
Glenwood High School’s rugby team got back to its winning ways as they beat Maritzburg College at home yesterday.
This important win came after Glenwood suffered two losses in a row, including a narrow loss to arch rivals Durban High School. Nathan Pillay, head of sports at Glenwood High School, emphasised the challenges that the boys face week-in week-out.
“It’s tough at this level, the line between winning and losing is fine,” said Pillay.
From the first kick-off and chase it was evident that the game was going to be a hard-hitting, physical match.
The beginning of the game was a close match up with each team having good attacking opportunities and strong defence.
However, the end of the first half was fatal for Maritzburg as Glenwood went on to score two tries and a penalty to leave the score at half-time at 20 nil in favour of the home team.
Things weren’t looking good for Maritzburg as the whistle blew to begin the second half. Surprisingly in an almost story book comeback, they scored three tries missing two conversions, with Glenwood scoring one.
Two of Maritzburg’s tries came in the dying moments of the match. But to hit the final nail in the coffin, Glenwood ran in for the final try of the match in overtime. The final score was 34-17 in favour of the home side.
Dylan Kruger the captain of the Glenwood team, wasn’t entirely satisfied with the win but was happy with the results.
“It was a win, we just need to take it on the shoulder even though we were playing a scrappy game. I am proud that we still won, it is important to end the season well,” said Kruger.
Head Coach Jeremy McLaren, said that he was proud of his team and stated that some of the players are destined for franchises.
*Caption: Glenwood High School has a line out five metres from the try line.