With Goodwood using this game to celebrate their 75th anniversary Village were going to straight into the lion’s den. In addition to this Goodwood have experienced an indifferent start to the season losing their first two games.
After a silence to commemorate the occasion the game kicked off and Village got straight into the mix with some exiting phases of repeated pressure on the Goodwood defence. It didn’t take long for scrumhalf Zubs Abrahams to dart through and finish off. Great start. Clarke converted. 7 nil.
Goodwood then hit back with a relatively soft try in the corner by their winger. It seemed that Village had a bit of a concentration lapse as it came completely against the run of play. The Goodwood kicker converted impressively into a strong breeze. 7-7.
Villager then reset and started taking control again with some good and quick ball retention and impressive strong running by outside centre Donald Crawford. This passage of dominant play ended with two great tries from Brodie Blows and Nic Vetsos. Both were converted by Clarke. 21-7 Village.
Playing with the wind and now in total control Village needed to put the nail in the coffin. However Goodwood were having nothing of it as they came back with a very well worked lineout drive. 21-12 and Goodwood back in the game.
Unfortunately Donald Crawford who was having a notable effect at outside centre with his strong breaks had to leave the field with a hamstring injury. This brought Junaide Josephs in from the wing, into the centres and with his first touch busted through for an exhilarating 50m burst. With one man to beat the pass to fellow centre Stu Pattison was not ideal and Stu managed to grab it but got bundled out. Halftime 21-12.
The 2nd half was a concerning one as the Village penalty count at ruck time started to get out of control. Certainly an area that needs to be addressed. With Village now attacking the Goodwood line a pass from Clarke went straight into the Goodwood centres hands and was clean through however a loud blast on the whistle brought the players back for a penalty to Village. Clarke put the ball in the corner and the resultant lineout drive ended off by skipper Ashley Clarke. Clarke missed the conversion. 26-12. An effective 12 point swing.
Inexcusably Village then went to sleep as they allowed Goodwood back into the game with two more soft tries. The final score ended on 26-24 to Village. A bonus point win away from home but with many areas that require addressing.
Man of the match for the day went to lock Kwaks Ngwanya. As per normal Kwaks never shy’s away from the physical stuff and is a workhouse in the pack.
Village are at home this week against Hamlets.