Wow! What a game! What a day for VFC! The Vikings are still unbeaten since the start of the 2nd half of the season and Saturday was their first home win of the season. Due to the Super Rugby Quarter Finals the games were moved a little earlier and with heavy rain overnight the game was played in difficult conditions. As expected the muddy field as well as the wet ball made handling difficult. However this suited the Vikings better as a more structured game was needed and discipline was key. For the 1st 10 minutes the teams struggled to get use to the conditions as promising backline moves failed to be converted into points with handling errors or an unsupported player causing turn over ball. Villagers were once again dominant up front, and especially the scrums, and used this to score the opener by No. 8, Devon Fester. This try was followed up almost immediately by good ball down the backline and a superb break by No.10, Izak Scholtz,, to set up the forwards to drive and allow No.7, Tohier Keraan, to dive over for the 2nd try of the game. The rest of the 1st half was a bit disappointing as many very promising runs from deep by Village did not pay off. This allowed Hands & Hearts back in the game and due to some suspect defence they scored under the sticks with less than 5 minutes left on the clock. Half Time Score 12 – 7.
The half time chat definitely worked as the Vikings came out firing for the 2nd half. A great build up by the forwards, followed by a superb solo run through the midfield by No.1, Brandon Hamman, gave No.7, Tohier Keraan his second try of the match. The forwards started to totally dominate all aspects of the game and after another good drive and some slick hands No.5, Fayhaad Naidoo, went over for the bonus point try in the 45th minute. Confidence was running high with the Vikings. The Village backs ran at the opposition with every chance. No.11, Rafeeq September, backed himself and ran through a number of tackles to score himself and then mere moments later broke the defence again to set up a try for No.13, Jamie Croeser. 38 – 7. The final score and an all-round good performance by the Village Vikings.