Monument overturned an early deficit to come away with a 30-19 win in their Premier Interschools match against Glenwood in Durban on Saturday. MARIETTE ADAMS reports.
The stage was set for a close encounter, with both sides having lost only two games this season. But in the end, it was a landslide victory for the visitors, as Glenwood faltered in the second half.
The hosts dominated territory and possession during the opening exchanges, but poor execution in the final third of the field let them down as Monument absorbed all the pressure.
Janus Hendrikz scored the opening try for Glenwood as early as the third minute. With little space to work with, the left wing stepped inside and outside again to beat the tackler on his way to the tryline.
But that was as good as it got for the hosts, as Monnas then scored 30 unanswered points.
Flyhalf Jonathan Viljoen kicked two penalties to give the visitors a 6-5 lead at half-time. And that advantage was extended after the break with three converted tries and another Viljoen penalty for a 30-5 scoreline.
Monnas were reduced to 14 boys with 12 minutes remaining, allowing Glenwood to add some respectability to the scoreline. Replacement wing Rory Attwill and Conan le Fleur scored tries and Connor Allan slotted the conversions.
But Monnas had already done enough to continue their winning streak in this fixture, which dates back to 2012.
Glenwood – Tries: Janus Hendrikz, Rory Attwill, Conan le Fleur. Conversions: Connor Allan (2).
Monument – Tries: TBC, Morne Brandon, Brendan Buitendag. Conversions: Jonathan Viljoen (3). Penalties: Viljoen (3).
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