Glenwood will go into Saturday’s match against Maritzburg College at Goldstones full of confidence after beating Michaelhouse 31-20.
The Green Machine outscored their opponents by four tries to two last weekend, much to the delight of head coach Sean Erasmus.
‘The game was really tough and physical,’ he told keo.co.za. ‘We battled at stages to control possession but when we did hang onto the ball we looked dangerous. I was really happy with the result but we have lots to work to do this week.’
A massive crowd at Glenwood was rewarded with a highly entertaining game. The visitors had the better of the opening exchanges and stormed into an early 13-0 lead via a try and two penalties from industrious scrumhalf Hilton Mudariki. This stunned Glenwood into action, with Craven Week flanker Francios Kleynhans making a telling run that resulted in a seven-pointer.
From the kickoff, Glenwood thundered up field, with slick handling sending the ball wide to left winger Andile Mtshali, who went over in the corner to make it 13-12. Flyhalf Fred Zeilinga missed the conversion, but the momentum had swung the way of the hosts.
After the break, Glenwood piled on the pressure, with scrumhalf Ettiene Beneke forcing his way over from close range for a converted try that put his side into a 19-13 lead.
While Michaelhouse found some rhythm, they turned ball over at a crucial stage, allowing Glenwood to get back onto the attack. After numerous phases the ball was passed to livewire centre Mzwandile Mbuyazi who beat his defender with a sublime inside-outside swerve to score the try of the match in the corner. Zeilinga missed the conversion but Glenwood had a comfortable 24-13 lead with 15 minutes remaining.
However, a pushover try by Michaelhouse left the game delicately poised at 24-20, but Glenwood right wing Eddie Smith put the result beyond doubt when he gathered a poor chip kick to streak down the touchline to score. Zeilinga converted and the final whistle blew shortly afterwards.
By Gareth Wright