On Saturday, 22 March 2014 Glenwood and Michaelhouse combined to produce a great advert for schoolboy rugby on Dixon’s field in Durban. Glenwood had to come from behind to win tight, hard fought and clean match 17-14 against a very good Michaelhouse team that earned a lot of respect from locals for their well-balanced performance. Here is a breakdown of how the action unfolded:
Michaelhouse scrumhalf and captain Thomas Walker is caught offsides at the scrum in the 4th minute. Glenwood fullback Morné Joubert misses a 45m penalty attempt.
The standout attacker of the game is Glenwood centre Spam Ngcobo who makes an early impression. He breaks the line on several of his pacy runs but is unable to find support runners. The Michaelhouse second line defence is very strong all afternoon long and offers little opportunity for Glenwood to capitalise on early linebreaks like they did the weekend before against Westville.
A 9th minute high tackle by Glenwood flyhalf Curtis Jonas offers Michaelhouse’s impressive flyhalf Bader Pretorius a shot at goal but he too misses.
12 min – 0-5 to Michaelhouse. This lead comes about after Michaelhouse disrupt a Glenwood lineout, show patience and good recycling in the build-up before spreading the ball wide to the right. Good handling on the inside before good reading by outside centre David Broadley who sees where the best finishing opportunity lies and forces a skip pass to his right wing Liam Furniss who dives near the right corner. Bader Pretorius strikes it well but the conversion from an acute angle is missed.
Michaelhouse gets pinged for offsides at the ruck but 16th minute kick at goal is missed by Morné Joubert who struggles with the boot and the lost confidence seems to affect the rest of the talented no.15’s game.
Glenwood opt to go for a lineout from a 20th minute holding penalty within poles kicking range. From here Glenwood comes very close to opening their account after no.8 Jaco Coetzee takes the ball in the lineout and flank James Venter drives over the line but is held up.
One of the players of the match Glenwood lock Mpumelelo Vidima had a stormer while he was on the field. He has worked really hard on his conditioning during the offseasons and the results were showing. Good physical strength and positive aggro during his carries and cleanouts were part of the package he delivered in this game. Sadly he would pick up a season ending leg injury during the second half.
Michaelhouse also suffers their share of injury setbacks during this match. The first one is very early on and was key as it their rated no.8 Nick Egberink who is forced off with a shoulder injury.
A tip tackle by a Michaelhouse player lands him in the bin in the 30th minute after the referee and touch judge consult.
Glenwood’s lack of confidence in place-kicking sees them turn down a relatively easy kick in order to run the ball.
Just before halftime Glenwood opts to tap and go from a penalty near the MHS try-line. Michaelhouse however repels them.
Halftime 5-0 to Michaelhouse. Although most of the mentioned plays are about Glenwood’s go forward, it’s Michaelhouse who are the more impressive team of the first half. They are more than able to hold their own in all aspects of play and surprise many. Not only that, they take the game to Glenwood as well. Making their play even more appealing is that it is not based on individual performances but on the team’s interaction as a whole. In the match it is therefore difficult to single out House players for praise, but the high standard of play they delivered was very much down to having no weak links on the pitch.
Glenwood’s defence is also solid on the day. They are forced by MHS to deviate from their favoured expansive game plan but are not fazed like they were in a game against Port Natal, so praise must go to the team and new coach Rudi Dames for being able to realign their attacking game with a suitable Plan B.
0-8 after the break. Bader Pretorius extends the Michaelhouse lead with a penalty.
The first big Glenwood chance of the second half comes when Glenwood flank McMillan Muller wins a penalty for holding after a successful high ball chase by the home team. Once again the decision is kick for touch and not poles.
Tough customer Michaelhouse flank Zander Prinsloo (shoulder) is assisted off within the opening minutes of the half. He also has a shoulder injury and it now means that House are without two starting loose-forwards.
42nd min – 5-8. Glenwood starts to take control of the game. Another star on the day, Green Machine prop Kenny van Niekerk, who must surely by now be drawing a lot of attention from scouts, comes close to scoring. Glenwood keep the pressure up and wins a penalty at the next scrum. They tap and go but once again get stopped short by MHS, who are not 10m back. So Glenwood opts for a lineout near the try-line. Glenwood captain and lock Kevin du Randt has been in top form in the lineouts. Safe as houses he collects the throw-in and with the MHS pack sucked it, its James Venter who peals around the side is helped over for an unconverted try.
The Michaelhouse scrum goes about their job very well during this game but they are hampered by conceding free kicks on a few occasions via the ref having issues with the way Thomas Walker feeds the ball in.
49th min – 5-11. Glenwood launch an attack from inside their own half. Michaelhouse react sharply though and wins a penalty after turning over the ball. Bader Pretorius is successful from 40m out.
52nd min – 10-11. More Glenwood redzone pressure, sees Michaelhouse once again conceding a penalty. This time for coming around the side of a rolling maul. Glenwood’s inability to make inroads out wide, has forced them to rely more on the pack to get the job done during this match. Another mauling drive sees Jaco Coetzee crashing near the right-hand corner. The kick is missed.
54th min- 10-14 Michaelhouse strikes immediately. A feature of this game is Michaelhouse under-17 flyhalf Bader Pretorius’s amazing strength on his feet and his ability to execute Heinrich Brussouw like turnovers from ball on the deck. From the kickoff return he gets the better of Jaco Coetzee and duly wins a penalty for his team which he then comfortably slots from 50m out.
60th min – 17-14. An excellent rolling maul by Glenwood who have transformed themselves into a forwards based team, is halted by another opponent coming in from the side. The referee issues a yellow card. Glenwood persists by setting up yet another mauling drive and ball-holder Kenny van Niekerk steers the body of green ahead of him towards the line, where he crashes over for the winning try. Curtis Jonas then makes the perfect connection on an angled conversion kick to extend the lead.
In the 70th minute Glenwood not only gains relief after a period of territorial attack by MHS but their kick and chase forces an error by the visitors and yet another penalty. Jonas pushes his kick wide and House has one last chance to counter-attack. They however dot the ball dead in-goal and the referee although slightly undecided at first, blows the final whistle when House attempts to take a quick and short 22m drop restart.
Fulltime 17-14 to Glenwood. A great game of rugby comes to an end with high flying Glenwood as deserved winners but with a courageous Michaelhouse able to hold their heads high and realise that they definitely have what it takes to perform well this season.
|1||Kenny Van Niekerk||1||Gregory Jackson|
|2||Percy Mngadi||2||Bradley Roberts|
|3||Koos Tredoux||3||Siyanda Mazibuko|
|4||Kevin Du Randt (c.)||4||Gary Porter|
|5||Mpumelelo Vidima||5||Andrew Vogel|
|6||James Venter||6||Matthew Potgieter|
|7||McMillan Muller||7||Zander Prinsloo|
|8||Jaco Coetzee||8||Nicholas Egberink|
|9||Kwazi Khanyile||9||Thomas Walker (c.)|
|10||Curtis Jonas||10||Bader Pretorius|
|11||Philani Ngcobo||11||Jason Schwegmann|
|12||Ruben Fouche||12||Brandon Tattam|
|13||Spam Ngcobo||13||David Broadley|
|14||Ilunga Mukendi||14||Liam Furniss|
|15||Morne Joubert||15||Robert Lee|
|16||Peter-John Kobbie||16||Jack Walters|
|17||Christopher Klopper||17||Michael Mandy|
|18||Ruan Desmore||18||James Hallier|
|19||Marco Palvie||19||Jonathan Barrie|
|20||Donovan Du Randt||20||Victor Foster|
|21||Christopher Bredell||21||Jacques Swarts|
|22||Jayden Morgan||22||Frank Goble|
Preview written before the game:
The Michaelhouse team to play Glenwood on Dixon’s field in Durban is available.
Prop Louis Albertse’s injury provides the opportunity for Lee-Marvin Mazibuko to start. So far this season many KZN props have already put up their hands and attention will be on Greg Jackson to see if he can raise the bar even higher in a quest for provincial honours this year. There is also a return to action for flank Matthew Potgieterafter being sidelined with a long term injury. The big surprise amongst the House backs is the selection of David Broadley at outside centre. This means that Glenwood’s favourite channel of attack penetration will be guarded by wing playing out of position at centre for the second weekend running. Last time out it was Westville’s Donovan Pieters who had the misery of trying to plug that hole, which Glenwood must surely refer to as the crater. One can’t stress enough the importance of Boardley’s defensive awareness and technique heading into this match. Talking defence, for defence as a form of attack Michaelhouse should be able to apply good pressure at lineout time. Both locks Gary Porter and Andy Vogel are taller than their opposite numbers and House must work hard to make this advantage count on Glenwood throw-ins. The Midlands visitors will also lean heavily on the talented 8-9-10 decision-makers of Nick Egberink, Thomas Webber and Bader Pretorius.
New Glenwood coach Rudi Dames has stuck with his winning formula from the first home game of the season. On the way to recording a 32-15 victory against Westville a week earlier, Glenwood scored no less than five tries. Confidence in the camp is high and it’s unlikely that Glenwood will deviate much from their successful need for speed game plan. For the Green Machine the later kick-off for this MHS game equals cooler weather conditions, which in term almost certainly equals a higher tempo play than the extremely hot conditions allowed for a week ago. Glenwood’s main concerns are lineout security where they have been erratic at times in preseason, tightening up on midfield defence and being able to adapt and execute a Plan B if for any reason they don’t succeed with their basic yet effective primary style of play.