The date 29 May 2018 is engraved in every supporter of Monnas and Glenwood. Monnas hosted the mighty Glenwood with big hopes to end the winning streak from the Green Machine. The score with Glenwood the deserved winners 49-22 with the Glenwood claiming their best performance in 2018 while the Monnas supporters claiming this as their worse.
Glenwood is still unbeaten in 2019 after eight matches with a close escape against Maritzburg College (15-7) this past weekend. Their other wins were against Sarel Cilliers (38-0), Hilton (27-17), Westville (22-7), KES (48-36), San Isidro (33-31), John McGlashan (32-17) and the Africa Pacific Dragons (33-10).
The Glenwood team of 2019 is a lot smaller up front with their backline extremely dangerous but again not as good as in 2018. In the two matches at the World SchoolsFestival Glenwood played a very quick game with the interplay between their backs and forwards sublime.
Monnas already played in seven matches in 2019 of which they lost to Paarl Gim (29-43) and Paarl Boishaai (31-35) and won against Goudveld (65-0), Nelspruit (71-7), Hartpury College (32-21), John McGlashan (48-10) and last weekend Menlopark (30-8).
Monnas are struggling with a few injuries with the biggest of them at number eight, Izaan Esterhuizen who got injured in preparation for the World Schools Festival. This week they also lost inside centre Marco Botha which necessitated the inclusion of Heschelle Goodman at flyhalf with Byron Wentink moving to twelve as the partner of captain Henco van Wyk at thirteen.
The move of Heschelle Goodman is exciting but he must be urged to make his decisions a lot quicker as he is sometimes guilty of taking to look to decide on his next move and are either caught with the ball in hand or missing the opportunity for the players on his outside.
The Monnas team of 2019 should be one of their best in quite a few years but they still need to find their mojo although their comprehensive win against Menlopark (30-8) surely indicated that they are getting close to it. Monnas have big forwards that can play a very structured game and dominate come scrum time BUT those big boys can also run with the ball. At the back, it is normally called the Henco van Wyk show but we must never forget all the players who surround him who are al very good players and can tear any defence apart.
History will definately repeat itself with the visiting Monnas the winners and the scoreline more or less the same. Monnas should be travelling home with big smiles on their faces.