Flyhalf Martin Holtzhausen scored 14 points to guide Glenwood to a 24-23 win over hosts Durban High on Saturday. MARIETTE ADAMS reports.
In celebrating their school’s 150th anniversary, DHS delivered a brilliant performance in front of a good crowd, but their best effort was still not enough to topple on-song Glenwood for the first time in 10 years.
Glenwood will be happy with the victory that takes their tally for the season to 13 in as many matches, but while they played well in patches their overall performance was disappointing.
After a period of sustained pressure on DHS, Holtzhausen finished off two well-worked team tries to give the Green Machine a 10-3 advantage inside the first quarter of the game.
With the crowd spurring them on, DHS struck back with a converted try by speedster Tonderai Ndudzo, before prop Tiaan de Jaer barged over for a try to put the hosts 13-10 up at the changeover.
Glenwood’s discipline let them down throughout the first half and at the start of the second, the referee lost his patience with them and yellow-carded outside centre JC Conradie for a dangerous tip-tackle. The offence offered scrumhalf Sanele Nohamba an opportunity to extend DHS’s lead and he coolly stepped up to slot the kick.
Glenwood, with Holtzhausen marshalling their attack, rallied back with two quickfire tries that proved to be DHS’s undoing.
First, blindside flank Jonathan O’Neill backed himself with a powerful run down the right-hand touchline, and centre Seun Maduna then left two tacklers in his wake to cross again. Holtzhausen was successful with both touchline conversion attempts.
With seven minutes remaining, DHS looked dead and buried, as the Green Machine pinned them back inside their own half. However, yet another dangerous tackle resulted in Glenwood finishing the game with 14 men. The numeric advantage aided DHS’s cause again when openside flank Phendulani Buthelezi cut Glenwood’s defence to shreds to make it a one-point ball game.
There was still time for one last restart, but Glenwood were able to deny DHS from scoring with the last play of the match to ensure they were on the right side of an enthralling result.
In other KwaZulu-Natal matches this weekend, Kearsney smashed St Stithians 80-5, Maritzburg scored a late try to beat Westville, Northwood lost 19-10 against Hilton and Michaelhouse battled to a 19-8 victory over St John’s.
DHS – Tries: Tonderai Ndudzo, Tiaan de Jager, Phendulani Buthelezi. Conversion: Sanele Nohamba. Penalties: Nohamba (2).
Glenwood – Tries: Martin Holtzhausen (2), Jonathan O’Neill, Seun Maduna. Conversions: Holtzhausen (2).
KwaZulu-Natal schools results (28 May):
Kearsney 80 St Stithians 5
Westville Boys’ 16 Maritzburg College 27
Northwood 10 Hilton 19
Michaelhouse 19 St John’s 8
Voortrekker 41 Clifton 7
DHS 23 Glenwood 24
Photo: Travis Nightingale/Glenwood