Glenwood High School has won the prestigious international rugby union tournament, The Sanix World Rugby Youth Invitational Tournament in Japan. Glenwood took on Higashi Fukuoka High School from Japan, beating them 45 – 6.
In 2008 Glenwood was chosen by SARU to represent South Africa at the prestigious SANIX World Youth Championships in Japan. Glenwood managed to win this tournament, beating the champions of England, New Zealand and France along the way. Glenwood was invited back in 2009 and, although they did not win the tournament, they had the satisfaction of beating the New Zealand champions, De La Salle College from Auckland 37 – 10 in the third-place playoff.
Glenwood has won this prominent tournament for a second time, being part of an elite group of schools such as Hamilton Boys High School (NZ) who won this tournament in 2014, 2011 and 2010; Christchurch Boys (NZ) who won in 2006, 2005 and Rotorua Boys’ High (NZ) in 2014 and 2003. Glenwood is the only South African school that has won this tournament twice.
Thirty Glenwood school-boy rugby players and six staff members travelled to the Global Arena in Fukuoka in Japan on the 24th of April.
SANIX 2016: REPORT of FINAL GAME
We are pleased to report back on both a successful match and tournament. Glenwood are now crowned World Champions at the SANIX Junior Rugby World Cup 2016 – making it twice in a row that a South African school has retained the title. Glenwood faced Higashi Fukuoka High School in today’s cup final. The George Watson College’s Bagpipe and Drum band welcomed both teams to the field. This famous Scottish band had been playing all over the campus for the passed week and today, playing Auld Lang Syne made the atmosphere that much more fitting for a clash of the tournament’s best. Both teams sang their national anthems and tears flowed down the cheeks of our boys. Proving the match today meant a lot to all the team members, for both schools. Francke Botha and O’Neil proved early on that the Glenwood team was a force to be reckoned with and the Japanese were not ready for it. Holtzhausen took an early penalty kick and put the first points on the board. Lubbe broke through the defense to force a knock on. Weideman also made his presence known as he flattened the Japanese nr 9. Lubbe took another Fukuoka player out followed by a try by Holtzhausen set up via Kruger. Holtzhausen converts his own try. Hendrikse’s box kick gave Fukuoka a penalty which they scored on. Glenwood’s mauls remain strong as well as their line outs. Conradie broke away to score an uncontested try under the poles. Holtzhausen converts and Glenwood is having it! Glenwood was surprised by a sudden strong attack from Fukuoka – Weideman penalized with Yellow card for no arms in tackle. Vorster came off near the end of the of the 1st half – Westman comes in to take over. Japan’s poor handling earned Glenwood a lineout. Glenwood’s defense remains strong and scrums are still strong. In the 2nd half Fukuoka are on the attack and quickly put some points on the board. Substitutions saw Maduna and van der Mescht replace Conradie and Weideman. Not too long after the substitution van der Mescht showed his presence dragging two Fukuoka players across the field. Lubbe broke away again and put another try down for Glenwood with the help of Maduna. Holtzhausen converts again. O’Neil sets up a brilliant try by Maduna after an incredible power run across the field. Conversion. Hendrikse was subbed out for Jooste, giving a fresh pair of legs on the field. Laubscher and Schwulst are also replaced by C Botha and van Rensburg. F Botha came off – Terblanche on. Van Der Mescht pushed through tough opposition to score directly under the poles. Van Rensburg stretched his legs with a conversion. Brummer and Lubbe worked together to ensure the final try of the game by captain Brummer. A conversion ensured the right team won. Final Score: 45-6 After the match, the SANIX management and press filled the field and awarded the runners up and winners with medals and of course the trophy! The roar of the crowd, and also a small group of Japanese who travelled from Stellenbosch to support, substantiated the win and made the win that much more special. The team and management are to be congratulated on a highly successful tournament – 6 wins out of 6 games. We thank the school, staff and parents for their support of the team and the tournament and look forward to bringing home the trophy. Glenwood land in Durban at 15h00 on Saturday 07 May 2016
RUGBY RESULTS SANIX WORLD RUGBY YOUTH TOURNAMENT 27 APRIL – 6 MAY 2016
28/04 13H15 : GLENWOOD 14 - 0 OSAKA TOIN (JAPAN)
29/04 13H45 : GLENWOOD 52 - 3 TOIN GAKUEN (KANAGAWA)
01/05 10H30 : GLENWOOD 14 - 10 QUEEN VICTORIA (FIJI)
QUARTER FINALS 02/05 13H30 : GLENWOOD 61 - 7 KEIO HIGH SCHOOL (OSAKA)
SEMI FINALS 04/05 07H50 : GLENWOOD 29 - 12 ROTORUA BOYS HIGH (NEW ZEALAND)
FINAL 05/05 07H50 : GLENWOOD 45 - 6 HIGASHI FAKUOKA HIGH SCHOOL (JAPAN)