Monument ended Glenwood’s 13-match winning streak with a 40-15 victory in Krugersdorp on Saturday. TYRONE ENGEL reports.
The hosts had the upper hand in the set pieces during a physical first half, but it was a different story in open play as both sides struggled to breach the opposition defence.
Monnas flyhalf Luke Rossouw broke the deadlock in the 14th minute when he slotted a penalty from right in front. Glenwood centre Martin Holtzhausen then levelled matters with a penalty of his own, before Rossouw’s boot restored the hosts’ lead.
Monnas lock Ruan Vermaak scored the first try of the match when he crashed over from close range, after good work from the lineout. Rossouw added the extras to give the home side a 13-3 lead at the break.
The hosts drew first blood seven minutes after the restart as fullback Dandre Prinsloo collected a pass from Vermaak and powered his way through the tackle to score in the left-hand corner.
Glenwood then applied the pressure with a series of quickly-taken tap penalties deep in Monnas’ half. They were eventually rewarded in the 50th minute when flyhalf Francke Botha dived over from close range. Holtzhausen added the extras to make it a 10-point game.
Prinsloo then broke through the Green Machine’s defence and made a good 40m before being tackled short of the line. Monnas did well to recycle the ball, with Vermaak passing out wide to centre MJ Pelser, who darted over for the hosts’ third try.
Monnas right wing Karel Vahrmeijer added his name to the scoresheet after chasing his own kick. Holtzhausen then made a break from a penalty, after Monnas scrumhalf Tinus Combrink had been yellow-carded for a dangerous tackle, and ran in the visitors’ second try.
But it was scant consolation as Monnas scored their fifth try on the stroke of full-time, with Rossouw collecting his own chip-kick to dot down under the posts. Rossouw converted to complete an emphatic victory.
Monument – Tries: Ruan Vermaak, Dandre Prinsloo, MJ Pelser, Karel Vahrmeijer, Luke Rossouw. Conversions: Rossouw (3). Penalties: Rossouw (3).
Glenwood – Tries: Francke Botha, Martin Holtzhausen. Conversion: Holtzhausen. Penalty: Holtzhausen.
Elsewhere in Gauteng, Jeppe beat Pretoria Boys’ 36-22 to complete the home-and-away double after beating the Pretoria side 59-18 at home earlier this year, while Waterkloof suffered a 50-10 defeat at home against Garsfontein.
Gauteng schools results (4 June):
Montana 27 Centurion 41
EG Jansen 59 Marais Viljoen 12
Eldoraigne 41 Wonderboom 14
Waterkloof 10 Garsfontein 50
Pretoria Boys 22 Jeppe 36
KES 59 St John’s 10
Parktown 30 St Alban’s 26
St Benedict’s 20 St David’s Marist (Inanda) 7
Hugenote (Springs) 60 Oosterlig 29
Jeugland 18 Noordheuwel 22
Zwartkop 57 HTS John Vorster 0
Oos-Moot 94 HTS Tuine 6
Pretoria-Noord 50 Die Wilgers 17
Midstream College 38 Wagpos 7
Erasmus 26 Gerrit Maritz 8
FH Odendaal 27 Uitsig 12
Cullinan 41 Curro Hazeldean 31
Southdowns 71 Cornwall Hill 5
Riebeeckrand 32 Randburg 19
Fochville 32 Bekker 7
Carletonville 27 Bracken 13
AHS Germiston 22 Alberton High 20
Dr Malan 48 Birchleigh 14
Springs Boys’ 14 Hans Moore 10
Driehoek 40 Benoni 7
Brandwag (Benoni) 48 John Vorster (Nigel) 7
Stoffberg 39 Delmas 14
Monument 40 Glenwood 15
Hoërskool Alberton 39 Bastion 5
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