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Monday, 23 March 2015 15:15

Rugby: Glenwood Downed By Michaelhouse

Still licking their wounds after going doing in a narrow defeat to Kearsney College, the KZN Powerhouse, Glenwood looked to recapture their mojo with a trip up to the Midlands to meet Michaelhouse.

Michaelhouse must have been buoyed by Keasney’s win over the Green Machine and would have fancied their chances at downing the provincial giant.

It was a game that would struggle to gain much impetus with a surprisingly out of sorts Glenwood making far too many errors once again and allowing the hosts to slowly gain the ascendency.

The opening salvos were fast and furious with both sides looking to counter attack at every opportunity. A penalty to Michaelhouse saw the home side take the lead but it was to be short-lived.

A phase of relentless pressure by the Green Machine finally paid dividends when left winger Llunga Mukendi sped over the line in the corner to score the first try of the match. A difficult conversion kick by Jerome Bossr from the touchline was made to look simple and Glenwood hit the front leading 7-3.

However just when Glenwood looked like capitalising on the advantage more mistakes crept into their game which allowed Michaelhouse to relieve the pressure and play plenty of rugby inside the Glenwood half.

Some sloppy defending by Glenwood centres soon paved the way for a try by Michaelhouse and although the conversion was unsuccessful the gap was now a mere one point, 8-7 to Glenwood.

At times it looked as if Glenwood could score at will and looked very dangerous when they strung the phases together. Two successful penalties by Bossr extended the Glenwood lead to 13-8 and it looked that they were heading for a win.

However Glenwood coughed up at least two try scoring opportunities in the second half that would underline the main problem with their play. Another defensive error by Glenwood allowed Michaelhouse to cross the whitewash for a second time and they also were awarded a penalty which they converted.

Trailing 15-18, Glenwood geared up and tried one last gallant effort to snatch the victory as they made their home on the Michaelhouse try line for the final minutes of the match. However they failed to impress the officials who consistently blew them up for infringements. Some poor handling at critical stages in the end would be the difference between the two teams.

Michaelhouse takes the victory 18-15 and Glenwood go back to the Green Machine HQ wondering just how they are going to conjure up a win in their next match.

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