Glenwood coach Rudi Dames speaks to CRAIG LEWIS about the clash with KwaZulu-Natal rivals Maritzburg College on Saturday.
The clash with College is always a highly anticipated one. How has your preparation been this week?
It’s been really good. We’re coming off a disappointing defeat to Affies [63-0], and so it was important for us to quickly put that behind us, learn from our mistakes and move forward. We know that a game against College at Goldstones is always going be a very physical affair, so we have prepared for that.
What went wrong in that game against Affies?
I must say it was probably the best Affies side I have coached against in all my time with Glenwood. It was just one of those days where the bounce of the ball didn’t go our way, and they were on top form. It was a bitter pill to swallow, but we know that we need to be a bit more accurate at our first phases, look after the ball better and improve our defence.
You secured a big win over College last year [57-12]. Will that provide some extra confidence coming into Saturday’s clash?
That was a very good result for us, but we can’t look back at the past. It’s a new year and College have had some good results recently, and are a side that will bring a lot of physicality to the match. So, we need to be up for it and take every opportunity that comes our way.
Glenwood have lost just two games this season. How pleased are you with the progress the team has made?
I think it’s been a very good season, and with just two games left, we really want to finish on a high. There’s been a lot of work put in by the boys, and I’m very proud of their willingness to learn and graft hard. Our captain Austin Brummer is an outstanding leader, and it’s really been a very good team effort this season.
What do you think is the biggest threat that College will pose?
It’s their last game of the season, so I’m sure they’re going to throw absolutely everything at us. We need to ensure that we are prepared for this, and I think that the side that wins the physical battle is likely to come out on top. So we’ll be looking to win the collisions, look after the ball well and take our chances.
You’ve got one more big fixture against Grey College after Saturday’s game. How important will it be to take some momentum into that clash?
It’s definitely something we’d like to do. That’s going to be a big challenge for us, but we only want to focus on this Saturday. It’s our second-to-last game, and it should be a really exciting one against College, so we just want to do the jersey justice.