Green Machine set to rise

Glenwood are confident that their young squad is capable of a successful 2010.

Glenwood were recognised as the second best school in the country after Grey College last season. But the Durban-based school has had an indifferent start to the year.

After their 80-5 win against Voortrekker, they suffered a big upset defeat against St Andrews as they lost 20-7 at the Graeme College Rugby Day last Saturday. But they returned to winning ways with a 29-27 win over Dale.

Glenwood 1st XV head coach Sean Erasmus said injuries have been a problem for his team.

‘Four of our senior players are injured at the moment. We are missing wing Eddie Smith, centre Albert Smith, flyhalf Fred Zeilinga and fullback Johan Fouché. So we are playing a young 1st XV at the moment,’ Erasmus told keo.co.za.

‘In the last two years we had established teams but now have a fresh-look squad. They did well to beat Dale, but it wasn’t convincing. We were up 26-3 at half-time, so we almost gave it away.’

Erasmus added that there is some good talent coming through.

‘They’re a young bunch but talented and they will mature and develop as the season progresses,’ said Erasmus. ‘Wing Siyabonga Tom, who’s only 16-years-old, has impressed me.

‘Centre Dean Wilman also played a good game against Dale. His opposite number Andile Jho was part of the SA Schools side and named Craven Week Player of the Year last season, but Dean had his number throughout the match.

Glenwood have headed back to KwaZulu-Natal to prepare for the Kearsney College Easter Festival in the next fortnight. There they will face Monument (1 April), Marais Viljoen (3 April) and Selborne (5 April).

They will then have big games against Framesby (8 April) and Outeniqua (10 April). Other major clashes include their Wildeklawer Superschools fixture against Paarl Boys on 24 April and Grey College and Affies later in the season.

By Gareth Duncan