Grey College scored 31 unanswered points in the second half to come away with a hard-fought 39-10 win over Glenwood in Durban on Saturday. CRAIG LEWIS reports.
Although Grey College ultimately secured a comfortable victory, it certainly wasn’t a completely one-sided encounter, with Glenwood particularly putting in a big defensive effort in the first half.
The hosts in fact held on to a rather unexpected 10-8 lead at the break, with flanker Kevin Smith scoring their solitary try, while Martin Holtzhausen slotted the conversion and a penalty.
Grey battled to find their natural rhythm to their play in the opening stanza, but made an early statement of intent in the second half when winger Nico Prinsloo scored soon after the restart.
From there, Grey settled into their stride, with fullback David Kriel scoring a brace of tries, while centre Marnus Boshoff also dotted down as the visitors ultimately opened up a comfortable lead.
Prinsloo scored his second just before full-time to add the finishing touches to Grey’s 12th win of the season.
Grey College 1st XV coach Wessel du Plessis said he was pleased with the end result.
‘It was a tough, physical battle in the first half, and Glenwood did well to slow our ball down. But in the second half we were able to get back to playing typical Grey running rugby and scored some nice tries.’
Glenwood counterpart Rudi Dames said he was proud of his young charges, but lamented some ‘silly mistakes’.
‘It was actually a pretty close game, I don’t think the scoreboard was really a true reflection of the encounter. We played with lots of guts and defended like Trojans, but in the end we made too many basic errors, and Grey are so good at capitalising on that. But, I’m still proud of the effort and our season. I’d have always taken 14 wins out of 17 that we have achieved this season.’
Glenwood – Try: Kevin Smith. Conversion: Martin Holtzhausen. Penalty: Holtzhausen.
Grey College – Tries: Mario Vieira, Nico Prinsloo (2), David Kriel (2), Marnus Boshoff. Conversions: Vieira (3). Penalty: Vieira.
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