Glenwood will need to maintain their first-half intensity to continue their winning ways against George Campbell.
With only 10 matrics in their match 22, Glenwood have a very young, inexperienced team, which poses a challenge for coach Sean Erasmus.
‘At the moment the boys are coming out firing in the first half, and really putting the heat on the opposition, but in the second half we sit on our lead and run down the clock,’ he told keo.co.za. ‘It’s down to a lack of experience, and we’re working hard on holding that intensity.’
Glenwood’s tendency to take the foot off the pedal was evident in their game against Kearsney, when they piled on 21 points midway through the first half before shutting up shop and winning 21-17. Since then, they have claimed good victories against Westville (9-6) and Michaelhouse (27-8) in which they showed improvement.
‘It was tough against Westville, but we applied pressure well and showed plenty of composure,’ said Erasmus. ‘Tactically we were stronger, and we pegged them back in their half and forced them to run it out. It was a matured performance. But we eased up in the second half against Michaelhouse so there’s still work to be done.’
Erasmus is hoping for a 70-minute performance against George Campbell on Saturday (3:30pm kick-off).
‘They’re a well balanced unit, with particularly good centres. It’s important we get on top early, and continue to build on that foundation. We mustn’t give them a sniff.’
Glenwood are currently ranked ninth in the country, which Erasmus believes is justified.
‘Our structure is still developing, but we’ve got a number of players standing up. [Flyhalf] Fred Zeilinga has continued to perform and [inside centre] Dean Moolman has really come into his own. But the most exciting thing is the number of youngsters who are playing key roles, like [lock] Ferdi Horn.’
After two dominant years at 1st XV level, Erasmus is looking ahead.
‘We’ve got a great U16 side coming through, and the way this year’s 1st XV youngsters are shaping up we could have a big year in 2011.’
By Rory Keohane