It’s not getting any easier!
It has become the story of the season so far for the Villager FC 2nd Team: Great start, total domination in almost all facets of the game, superior possession and territory, brilliant individual runs and skills. We did everything right yet the scoreboard will tell you a different story.
On Saturday 7 May Villagers travelled to the Helderberg area to take on Strand Rugby Club. Mentioning the wind would be an understatement as it was howling.
The V2 side started well out of the blocks securing and protecting the ball well in their build up to the opposition line. A couple of individual efforts did not succeed and the possession was lost which resulted in a run-away try for Strand. 0 – 5. Villagers recovered well and for the next 1 min kept the opposition pinned in their half with some good play by the forwards. The hard work, however was once again undone by a turn over ball in the ruck only to result in a second run away try against the run of play. 0 – 10. From the kick off Villagers looked a little more determined and a great break by no.8 Keegan Visser followed by good support by no.7 Matt Homan resulted in a good try scored by no.1 Brandon Hammon. 5 – 10 at Half Time.
As the weather did not really allow any form of kicking game and the plan was to keep the ball upfront with the forwards Village started the 2nd half well with some dominant scrums as well as drives toward the line, but once again a lapse in concentration right on the line gave away the possession which resulted in a loose kick up field only to be gathered by the opposition and allowing them to cross for their 3rd try. 5 – 15. At this stage there was still no reason for Village to panic as they were dominating the ball and just had to hold on before the defence will be broken, however this was not be as the opposition once again came away with some very loose passes that caught the defence napping to score their 4th try. 5 – 20. An unbelievable score line if you have watched the game.
By this time the heads started to hang and although some storming runs by no.4 Fayaadh Naidoo resulted in a late try for Jannie Bester, the game was lost and another one that should have been won got away. Final score 10 – 20.
It is very sad as this V2 team has a lot of character and nothing wrong with team spirit. Some very talented players that challenge the 1st side week in and week out, however so far lady luck has been looking the other way. But I do believe it is just a matter of time before the dam wall break and more favourable results are on the way.