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In their penultimate fixture of the season Glenwood travelled up to the provincial capital to take on their traditional rivals, Pietermaritzburg College. With Glenwood having won the first fixture earlier in the year at home, College would have been keen to put one over the visitors to even up the score.

 There are understated mutterings on the schoolboy rugby scene that Glenwood High School has unearthed a gem in their decorated rugby program. He is said to possess the versatility of Sharks and Springbok breakout star, Marcel Coetzee; that rare and invaluable ability to comfortably shift between all three positions in the back row and could quite easily become the perfect hybrid of all three.

The final round of fixtures for the 2nd term saw Glenwood play host to Kearsney at the UKZN rugby grounds. Having lost to the visitors 2 years in a row, the Glenwood team would have been keen to get back to winning ways.

Monday, 09 June 2014 10:20

Rugby: Match Report Glenwood v Hilton

The Green Machine, Glenwood High School, travelled up to Hilton College on Saturday the 7th June, 2014 to play against a home team that would have been keen to make amends for their heavy defeat against Maritzburg College last weekend.

The Green Machine is bruising after their loss to Monnas over the weekend but they will be eager to put that behind them as they take on Hilton College this week.

Glenwood dominate the KZN U18 and U16 teams this year as they have done in the recent past although there are encouraging signs especially in the KZN U16’s side that more schools are being represented.

Over the past few season’s the matches between Glenwood and Maritzburg College have been epic affairs with the majority of matches ending in hard fought for draws.

There is something brewing in the structures of KZN rugby. An embarrassment of intellectual capital that, if harnessed correctly, could see the beginning of a golden dynasty the likes of which have not been seen since the ‘Team of the Nineties’ tag was achieved under the bastion of direct rugby, Ian McIntosh. John Smit, Jake White, Dr Sherylle Calder (as a consultant) and John Mitchell working in tandem is as unstoppable as a cohesive Sharks loose-forward trio and fans of the franchise have voiced their approval on social media platforms and at their local ticket office, judging by the steady improvement in gate attendances at Kings Park in 2014.    

Clifton’s First XV will embark on their first international rugby tour on Sunday 30 March to Namibia, where they will spend the week playing a total of four matches, the first against Windhoek High School on Monday 31 March, 2014.

Monday, 24 March 2014 11:24

RUGBY: Match Report Kearsney v Westville

Kearsney 1st X1 beat Westville 1sts in an exciting nail-biter which was clinched by a converted penalty kick with no time left on the clock. It capped an exciting day’s rugby, with a clean sweep for Kearsney’s A teams at all age groups in their fixtures against Westville.

Monday, 20 January 2014 10:02

Rugby: Glenwood Appoint New Coach

After the departure of Sean Erasmus who has taken up a post as Head of Rugby at Paarl Boy's High, Glenwood have appointed Rudi Dames as their new 1st XV Head Coach. 

A group of enterprising grade eleven pupils from Clifton College walked away with the top honours in a novel schools anti-steroids campaign run by Discovery SharkSmart, producing a catchy rap video that addressed the effects of steroid abuse in a creative and contemporary manner.

Monday, 30 September 2013 11:49

Rugby: Christian Weissing- Finding His Own Way

It was the poet, Robert Frost who spoke of taking the road less travelled and Hilton College Lock and vice-captain, Christian Weissing has personified these words that have been etched in literature through the ages.

Monday, 30 September 2013 10:28

Rugby: Ayron Schramm- Remember The Name

In 2004, a 75kg loose-forward arrived at the Sharks Academy on his own accord. There was no junior contract or buzz surrounding his schoolboy exploits. Provinces weren’t clamoring for his signature and bloggers weren’t predicting a professional career before his nineteenth birthday. He was told that he was too small; that he should give scrumhalf a go and that his size would be a hindrance to him pursuing a professional career. His name was Keegan Daniel.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013 09:15

School Sport Cures Armchair Fatigue

BEEN guiltily contemplating writing this article for some time but feared betrayal of my lifelong love. Must confess, if not writing about a match, seldom bother to watch anymore. I do love writing about sport, most of the time, though.

It may well be the first time ever that two boys from the same school outside the United Kingdom have formed part of a British and Irish Lions squad at the same time.

“All Campbell wants from you..................................is all you have!” After these words from their coach, who would’ve dreamt how the drama would unfold in their final match of a 25 game season.

Kearsney hosted Hilton in perfect playing conditions on their Founders weekend.  

Kearsney showed early dominance and scored the first try in the seventh minute of the match. Fullback Chris Lines brilliantly collected a failed touch finder from Hilton and showed good pace and spatial awareness as he ran back at Hilton. From the tackle Kearsney attacked the right hand side of the field.

From the ruck Ayron Schramm received the ball and made a well-timed offload to Lines after beating a number of defenders with dazzling footwork. Tristan Tedder converted for a 7 - nil lead.

Hilton applied good pressure with very sound tactical kicking and good chase tactics which produced three first half penalties. Tedder added a penalty of his own and prop Mthunzi Moloi crashed over for a try just before halftime, for a Kearsney lead of 15-9 at the break.

The first of the three second half Kearsney tries was a spectacular counter attack from a failed Hilton punt. Ryan van der Waal, Lines, Schramm and Jean-Luc du Preez were particularly prominent, with centre Blair Cremer diving over after some good continuity play by the hosts.

The penultimate try was scored by captain Dan du Preez with his trademark close to the ruck running line. Unfortunately Tedder did not enjoy his usual productive tee-kicking day, but converted for a 27 - 9 lead.

Fittingly, man of the match Lines scored the last try from a shortened line out, receiving a flat pass from scrum half Matt Reece-Edwards and running 25m for his second try of the match. Tedder converted for a final score 34-9.

Outstanding players for the hosts were Lines, Schramm and JL du Preez.

The game ended a notable week in which Kearsney’s 1st XV captain Daniel du Preez was named as KZN Craven Week captain. It is the third season that he has been selected to play at the prestigious Craven Week, and after last year’s event he was selected for the SA Schools team.

In total six players from Kearsney College’s 1st XV will represent KZN u18 at Craven Week. Daniel will captain his twin brother and flank Jean-Luc, scrumhalf Matt Reece-Edwards, number eight Ayron Schramm, flyhalf Tristan Tedder and hooker Jordan Meaker.

Kearsney will play Maritzburg College this Thursday (20th) at 2.45pm in a re-scheduled 1st XV game following the original fixture being rained out.

Kearsney hosted DHS in pleasant playing conditions, in which the hosts dominated throughout for the televised FNB Classic Clash.

Rugby Profile of Glenwood High School:

Formed in 1910 and originally known as the Day Continuation School, the name was changed to the Durban Technical High School in 1916 by which time the school had 150 pupils.

It was a day (24 May, 2013) that will go down as one of the greatest games of school boy rugby ever played where Maritzburg hosted Glenwood High on their 150th Reunion day.

Friday, 24 May 2013 14:29

Rugby: Kearsney Gets Six of the Best!

Six players from Kearsney College’s 1st XV have been selected for the KZN u18 team to play at Craven Week, and a further two will represent the provincial B team.

Friday, 24 May 2013 11:33

Rugby: KwaZulu-Natal Craven Week Side

Yet again Glenwood dominate the KZN U18 Craven Week side with no fewer than nine players getting selected from the Green Machine.

Monday, 20 May 2013 12:37

Rugby: Match Report- Glenwood v DHS

The traditional game between the Grasshoppers and the Horseflies was played this last weekend at DHS. Glenwood played in a total of 12 games against DHS and won all 12 games, well done to all the boys of Glenwood High School.

St Stithians hosted Kearsney in Saturday’s ideal rugby conditions in Randburg, Gauteng. Kearsney dominated play from the start but poor ball control and many handling errors prevented the visitors from scoring any points early in the match.

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