Kirkham Grammar Speechless at Glenwood

Mon, 23/07/2012 - 16:24
  • Photographer-Darren Tomkins

Glenwood hosted UK touring side Kirkham Grammar . From the get go Glenwoods intentions were made clear, through accurate and strong play. The forwards had a major physical presence at the breakdown, extending the number of phases of play . The Glenwood defence was strong, and clinical offense play gave them control of the game. Lock Kobus Viljoen set off from inside his own half, evaded poor tackles and jolted past Kirkhams backline, to score, what is considered a great set of tries for a lock. Warren Potgieter converted one of the two tries ending the half 12-0 to the green machine.

The second half involved more structured play from both teams, but glenwood responded first with a try from flank Wandile Mazibuko which Warren Potgieter converted succesfully.This motivated Kirkham as they slowly picked up phases and put together a strong drive inside the Glenwood 22, forcing the ball over the try line. They failed to convert and the score was 19-5 to Glenwood. The UK touring team adjusted their strategy to a kicking game,their loose kicks were subsequently  punished by strong running by the Glenwood backline, leading to an individual effort by winger Derwent Stopforth as he ran a kick, back from his own half to score untouched under the poles, Potgieter added the extra two and the score moved to 26-5. Rupert Kay crossed the try line next but the last pass was judged as going forward. Glenwood regained possession and quick hands from Warren Potgieter eventually put Rupert Kay over and under the poles for a great try to end the game. Glenwood wining 33-5.

This weekend the whole school travel to Pretoria for a tough encounter against rivals Affies in a thrilling inter schools match.

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