Glenwood had the tough task of travelling up to Krugersdorp to face Premier Inter-schools rivals Monument at home. The hosts had the upper hand in the set pieces during a physical first half, but it was a different story in open play as both sides struggled to breach the opposition defence.
Monnas flyhalf Luke Rossouw broke the deadlock in the 14th minute when he kicked a penalty from right in front. Glenwood centre Martin Holtzhausen then levelled matters with a penalty of his own, before Rossouw’s boot restored the hosts’ lead.
Monnas lock Ruan Vermaak scored the first try of the match when he crashed over from close range, after good work from the lineout. Rossouw added the extra 2 to give the home side a 13-3 lead at the break.
The hosts drew first blood seven minutes after the restart as fullback Dandre Prinsloo collected a pass from Vermaak and powered his way through the tackle to score in the left-hand corner.
Glenwood then applied the pressure with a series of quickly-taken tap penalties deep in Monnas’ half. They were eventually rewarded in the 50th minute when fly half Francke Botha dived over from close range. Holtzhausen added the conversion to make it a 10-point game.
Prinsloo then broke through the Green Machine’s defence and made a good 40m before being tackled short of the line. Monnas did well to recycle the ball, with Vermaak passing out wide to centre MJ Pelser, who darted over for the hosts’ third try.
Monnas right wing Karel Vahrmeijer added his name to the scoresheet after chasing his own kick. Holtzhausen then made a break from a penalty, after Monnas scrumhalf Tinus Combrink had been yellow-carded for a dangerous tackle, and ran in the visitors’ second try.
But it was little consolation as Monnas scored their fifth try on the stroke of full-time, with Rossouw collecting his own chip-kick to dot down under the posts. Rossouw converted to complete an emphatic victory, for Monnas and giving a brutal first loss to Glenwood.
Monument – Tries: Ruan Vermaak, Dandre Prinsloo, MJ Pelser, Karel Vahrmeijer, Luke Rossouw. Conversions: Rossouw (3). Penalties: Rossouw (3).
Glenwood – Tries: Francke Botha, Martin Holtzhausen. Conversion: Holtzhausen. Penalty: Holtzhausen.
Report by Travis Nightingale (Media Club)
Photo by Jarred Swift (Media Club)
15 Dandré Prinsloo, 14 Karel Vahrmeijer, 13 Louwtjie Dyson, 12 MJ Pelser, 11 Arno van der Westhuizen, 10 Luke Rossouw, 9 Tinus Combrinck, 8 PJ Jacobs, 7 Cristen van Niekerk, 6 Kevin le Roux, 5 Ruan Vermaak, 4 Christopher Havenga, 3 Dewald Schoeman, 2 PJ Botha, 1 Nathan McBeth
Replacements: 16 Jano Lourens, 17 Coenrad Vrey, 18 Jandré Botha, 19 Larko Lindes, 20 Jonty Algera, 21 Brendan Buitendag, 22 Cameron Schutzler, 23 Dylan Wood
15 Dylan Kruger, 14 Devon Brough, 13 Martin Holtzhausen, 12 Seun Maduna, 11 GJ Lubbe, 10 Francke Botha, 9 Jayden Jooste, 8 Austin Brummer (C), 7 Kevin Smit, 6 Jonothan O'Neill, 5 Dylan Weideman, 4 Edward Laubscher, 3 Renier van Rooyen, 2 Brendon Schwulst, 1 Quintin Voster
Replacements: 16 Connor Botha, 17 Shane Westman, 18 Lindelwe Cele, 19 Matthew Bauer, 20 Brad Roodt, 21 Sibonakaliso Dubazane, 22 Morné van Rensburg, 23 Conan le Fleur