Green Machine outplay Westville

Glenwood scored four tries to beat Westville Boys’ High 29-14.

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This was always going to be a tough game for Glenwood with Westville enjoying a great season. The whole of KZN had been looking forward to the tough encounter and there was a lot friendly banter between Old Boys of the various schools in the lead up to Saturday.

Westville drew first blood with their flyhalf Duncan Campbell slotting a penalty early in the game as Glenwood were over eager at ruck time. Glenwood answered with a great try from Craven Week loose forward Francois Kleinhans as he showed great pace and strength to break the line and score the opening try. Fred Zeilinga, Craven Week flyhalf, converted the try and Glenwood were in the lead by 7-3.

Great play followed as both teams ran hard and defended well and it was Glenwood that made the mistake of giving away a penalty in the their own half and Campbell again punished the Green Machine with another well kicked penalty to close the lead to one point.

Hulking No 6 flanker Kurt Beeton handed off a Westville defender to break the first line of defence and then went on a rampant 30m run down field to score Glenwood’s second try. Zeilinga converted the try from the 15m line to extend Glenwood’s lead to 14-6. Westville, however, never stopped playing and were awarded a try late in the first half that was not converted to make the half-time score 14-11.

The half-time chat was simple and ‘concentrate on basics’ was the message from the Glenwood coaching staff. A well worked line-out drive earned the Green Machine its third try and young exciting lock Aalwyn Janse van Vuuren was the try scorer. Zeilinga failed to convert from the touchline, but redeemed himself with a great penalty minutes later to make it 22-11. Zeilinga has been a revelation at flyhalf for Glenwood and has shown his value with his great kicking and running ability.

Westville showed fighting spirit and were awarded another penalty that Campbell slotted to edge Westville closer at 22-14. Campbell launched huge kicks down field to test the dynamic back three of Glenwood and possibly expose Eddie Smith in his first game at fullback. Smith, however, was solid and took the high ball like a veteran in that position, ably assisted by wingers Andile Mtshali and Mondli Ntshingila. The back three attacked extremely well and always brought the Green Machine back on the front foot.

The Glenwood forwards played great rugby and were always kept on their toes by the Westville pack that were quick on the loose ball. Solid defence from the Glenwood backs never allowed the talked about Westville backs to get forward momentum and this contributed to the kicking game Westville adopted.

Special mention must go to the centre pairing of Kobus Lourens and Dries Els that put massive hits in the midfield throughout the game.

Zeilinga closed proceedings in fine fashion when he slipped through a hole in the Westville defence on their tryline to score under the poles.