Glenwood’s forward ascendancy and slick backline play saw them beat George Campbell 34-6 on Saturday.
George Campbell never managed to gain any fluency and big hits from the likes of Glenwood No 8 Wayne Dalton encouraged them to kick possession away. Glenwood also forced them into mistakes through concerted pressure, and secured a territorial advantage.
Three tries in quick succession put Glenwood well ahead. Quick ball from the scrum allowed inside centre Dean Moolman to break a tackle and fend off a covering defender before crashing over. Lock Wade Elliot dotted down shortly afterwards, as Glenwood continued their forward domination, and Dalton was rewarded for a great physical display with a try. Zeilinga kicked two of the conversions to give Glenwood a 22-0 half-time lead.
Glenwood maintained their momentum after the break, with hooker Senzo Mtshali scoring early in the second half. George Campbell got on the board with a drop goal before the Green Machine crossed for their fifth try, through Ben Axten-Burrett. The outside centre received quick ball and beat the defender for pace, before handing off another defender and diving over in the corner. George Campbell then slotted a late penalty to make it 34-6.
‘We definitely took a step toward maintaining the intensity throughout the entire match,’ said Glenwood 1st XV coach Sean Erasmus. ”We expected a physical encounter, but managed to win that battle early on. Dalton was instrumental in that respect and pulled off some massive tackles, and collectively the side held that physicality throughout the match.’
But Erasmus’s young side still has room for improvement.
‘The team is growing every week,’ he said. ‘But we’re still a little over eager, and we need more flow to our play. We made too many handling errors for my liking, and got a bit ahead of ourselves at times. It resulted in passages of play that were very stop-start.’
However, there are many positives to be drawn from the 28-point win.
‘Zeilinga [who, due to injury, has played just six games this season] is going from strength to strength, and is carrying the responsibility of the captaincy really well,’ said Erasmus. ‘Axten-Burrett and Moolman’s tries were fantastic, so our centres are putting their hands up, and Dalton has been a force up front.’
By Rory Keohane