Glenwood beat DHS 31-18 on Saturday after leading 23-9 at the break.
A large crowd lent support to both sides in a match which saw DHS take the game to their stronger opponents by keeping ball in hand and launching promising attacks on the hosts’ try line. Glenwood’s defence stood firm, making tackles count and keeping the visitors at bay.
Glenwood drew first blood when flanker Aalwyn Janse van Vuuren crashed over and flyhalf Fred Zeilinga kicked the conversion.
DHS countered with a series of forages into Glenwood’s half, making use of the strong wind at their back by launching territorial kicks deep into opposition territory.
An early penalty was missed by DHS but a long-range effort soon after from fullback Mbembe Payi reduced the deficit to four points. Glenwood then added another three points with a regulation penalty in front of the poles.
DHS continued to attack, testing Glenwood’s defence, which was not found wanting. Credit must go to DHS for running the ball from deep inside their own half and, on a few occasions, it was the final pass not going to hand that proved costly.
Making use of the wind, DHS adopted a game plan of searching for territory with long, ranging kicks which unfortunately were overcooked in many instances, the ball bouncing over the dead ball line, resulting in Glenwood gaining territory and probing forward from the resulting scrum.
Another DHS penalty from flyhalf Brandon Cope took the score to 10-6 and a series of DHS transgressions close to their tryline allowed Glenwood to add two further penalties and stretch the lead to 16-6.
On the stroke of half-time, Glenwood’s powerful forwards set the platform with a strong drive at DHS’s line and they were rewarded with a try to outside centre Ben Axten-Burrett. Zeilinga added the conversion.
Soon after the restart, DHS clawed another three points back and the sides headed for the change rooms with Glenwood enjoying a comfortable 23-6 advantage.
Glenwood struck first with another penalty early in the second period, which was followed by a good period of play from DHS who, although unable to score tries, applied constant pressure which saw Glenwood give away numerous penalties. These were converted by DHS who were suddenly back in the game at 26-18.
But Glenwood finished in style, with the forwards again driving hard and enabling the backs to run the ball which saw inside centre Dean Moolman crash over in the corner. Zeilinga’s conversion drifted wide.
The final whistle signalled another win for Glenwood, although DHS can hold their heads high for never lying down and playing with pride.
In other KZN results at the weekend, Affies beat Maritzburg College 32-20 at College, Kearsney beat St Stithians 17-10, Westville lost 21-10 in an away clash to KES and the surprise result of the weekend was Northwood beating Michaelhouse 13-11.
By David Knowles