Monnas vs Glenwood – 04 June 2016

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Monument will host the team from Durban this weekend. A lot is being said about this match and the result will enable everybody to be able to judge Glenwood's strength this year.

Glenwood is unbeaten this year in 13 matches so far. However their only major scalp is that of EG Jansen and Middelburg HTS at the Kearsney Festival in March this year. Five matches was during the Sanix Tournament where they became champions with a surprising ease. The test against DHS last weekend resulted in a deserved but lucky win of 24 - 23. Glenwood had to make changes due to injuries and players returning from injury. In the second row, JJ van Der Mescht is replaced Dylan Weidman and Edward Laubscher comes in for Matthew Bauer. Jayden Jooste starts ahead of Craig Hunt at scrumhalf, while JC Conradie will be replaced in the midfield by last week’s flyhalf Maarten Holtzhausen, with Francke Botha returning from injury to slot in at 10.

Monnas on the other hand is my "French" team this year. We have to wait and see which team pitch on Saturday. Despite massive talent their season is one of many up and downs. Three losses one draw and ten wins. They did become Tuks 16 Champions against Neslpruit five weeks ago, and from that match we saw a new Monnas. It is expected that Monnas will make five or six changes to the side this week with some players coming back from injury and others having been rested against Kempton Park last week.

So expect a very physical battle up front. The team dominating here will have a great chance of winning. 

I just hope that the boys picked for their provincial sides will not hold back to prevent injuries. But hope and believe the pride to win will be a bigger factor.