Allen Glen outclassed in the Beeld Vir Seker trophy

Allen Glen High School principal Dr Johan Wiehann congratulates Belvedere School as he holds the trophy with the Belvedere team's captain, Thys Otto. Photo: Siso Naile.

Allen Glen High School rugby 1st team has returned to the drawing board to fix mistakes which cost them when they hosted Belvedere School from Benoni for the finals of the Beeld Vir Seker trophy competition on 26 August.

The Benoni side showed hunger from the first half as they opened the score sheet – kept going forward and defended with full force until the final whistle.

An Allen Glen player holds on to his opponent as he runs with the ball. Photo: Siso Naile.

Belvedere, a very muscular side won the game by 22-17 against the reigning Golden Lions trophy champions.

A disappointed J.G Spies, the Allen Glen coach, attributed the loss to the team’s failure to use their chances. “We going to take the loss on the chin, it was tough and we didn’t take our chances today,” he said after the game.

Spies also reflected on the game, citing on both halves of the match. “We didn’t capitalise on the opportunity that we got. I think in the second half we could have played a lot better than what we did. Also, I think we did well in the first half especially against the wind because in the first half we played with the wind but we didn’t use it to our fullest potential. We could have kicked a lot better,” he explained.

Allen Glen player Tinashe Gowere tries to stop the powerful Belvedere School captain Thys Otto. Photo: Siso Naile.

Spies admitted that his side had less strength compared to Belvedere players. “They were a much more physical side and a lot bigger than us and we could feel it in the strums definitely that there was a lot of muscle to handle.”

The Allen Glen squad consisted of very young players, with only three seniors forming part of the team.

“We were a very young squad this year, 80 per cent of them were U17,” Spies added.

The 1st team will only be losing three of its players who are in matric this year which is advantageous for them as they look to work harder in triumphing in this elite schools’ trophy next year.

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