The Green Machine have won their first six matches of the 2016 season.
THEY SAID IT
‘It’s been challenging this year because we have to prepare for the Sanix World Youth Rugby Tournament [during April and May] and for our regular season. The boys have been working really hard, especially on their conditioning, because we play an extra five or six games. We’ve been able to translate our pre-season training into match performances, which has been great. The reason for a lot of our success is our conditioning programme; we’ve got a very good conditioning coach in Derek Heiberg. Assistant coach Mike Vowles’s expertise has also proved invaluable to our planning and preparation. A lot of planning went into this year and our pre-season programme. I’m just glad that it looks like it’s paying off.’ – GLENWOOD 1st XV COACH RUDI DAMES ON THEIR PRE-SEASON PREPARATIONS
‘As a coach, I’m fortunate and blessed to have a decent side to go three out of three [at the Kearsney festival]. It helps us a lot if you’ve put in all the planning and the boys go to a festival like that and give their all, putting up three very good performances. One of our main goals this year is to be unbeaten in KZN, but we’re going to be taking it one game at a time. Last season was a disappointing one, so this year is very important to us. Performances are more important than results in terms of our goals, but if the results go our way, it would be pleasing. We just want to make sure we improve with every game.’ – DAMES ON THE KEARSNEY EASTER FESTIVAL AND HIS GOALS FOR 2016
‘It’s a huge privilege to captain the side. I know a lot of the guys who have been captain before and how seriously they took the position. For me to be filling their shoes is a big honour. I want to make sure I lead the team by setting the right example for them. We have a goal that the team comes first and the individual accolades will follow.’ – GLENWOOD 1st XV CAPTAIN AUSTIN BRUMMER
‘I was very proud of the boys. The last time we went unbeaten like that was in 2014, which was also our first time. It’s an awesome experience to play against teams you wouldn’t normally play against. It was a good learning curve for us and it’s great to see the different styles of rugby the teams play.’ – BRUMMER ON THE KEARSNEY EASTER FESTIVAL
NUMBERS THAT MATTER
6 – The number of matches Glenwood won, out of 16 last year.
8 – The number of tries they scored in three matches at this year’s Kearsney Easter Festival.
63 – The number of points they scored.
11 – The number of 1st XV players from their 2015 team who returned in 2016.
2 – The number of Craven Week players (flyhalf Jerome Bossr and No 8 Marco Palvie).
COACH RUDI DAMES ON THEIR PLAYERS TO WATCH
AUSTIN BRUMMER (FLANK)
‘Austin is similar to [former Springbok flank] Corné Krige. He does all the dirty work, leads by example and has an extremely high work rate.’
MAARTEN HOLTZHAUSEN (CENTRE)
‘Maarten is a good goal-kicker. He had three big games at the Kearsney Easter Festival. He’s a very skilful player, but can also front up and be aggressive if he has to. Having him in the backline is a huge bonus for us because of his left boot.’
JJ VAN DER MESCHT (LOCK)
‘JJ is a promising young talent. He’s 2m tall and weighs 120kg, yet is the sixth quickest player in the team. He’s a big, physical player, but has played provincial sevens, so he’s got a good skill level too.’
MARCO PALVIE (EIGHTHMAN)
‘Marco is very physical on attack and defence, similar to [Springbok loose forward] Willem Alberts. He played SA Schools in 2015 and already has a Sharks junior contract, so he’s definitely one to watch.’
RENIER VAN ROOYEN (PROP)
‘Renier is a strong, physical prop, and a good scrummager with an extremely high work rate. He was awarded a Sharks Academy bursary after the Kearsney festival.’
BIGGEST GAMES IN 2016
‘We’ve got three big games against Affies, Monument and Grey College this year,’ says Glenwood 1st XV coach Rudi Dames. ‘Beating them would be a fantastic achievement.’
GLENWOOD’S 2016 RESULTS
Beat EG JANSEN 14-13 (n)
Beat HTS MIDDELBURG 17-6 (n)
Beat DALE COLLEGE 32-5 (n)
Beat FRAMESBY 65-9 (h)
Beat MICHAELHOUSE 56-5 (h)
Beat KEARSNEY COLLEGE 21-7 (h)
GLENWOOD’S REMAINING 2016 FIXTURES
29 April – 5 May: World Youth Rugby Tournament
28 May: Durban High School (h)
4 June: Monument (a)
11 June: Westville Boys’ (a)
30 July: Affies (a)
6 August: Maritzburg College (a)
13 August: Grey College (h)
Compiled by Tyrone Engel