In their penultimate game before the break, Villager FC will need to ensure they are fully prepared for what is expected to be yet another difficult encounter when they meet Hands and Hearts at Brookside on Saturday 14 June. Kick off 4pm.
The ‘Dirty Whites’ as Villager FC are affectionately called, currently top the WP Super League B log as a result of winning eight out of eight games to remain as one of only two unbeaten teams. The change in fortune the Brooksiders have experienced this year cannot be understated for it was only a few short months ago that they ended the 2013 season dead last with only one win to show for their efforts. Although the 2014 season has been a tremendous turnaround for the club, the Dirty Whites cannot rest on their laurels if they wish to gain promotion at the end of the year.
The manner in which Villager secured their early season wins may have caused a certain amount of complacency and expectation within the side as well as amongst the supporters which may explain the agonisingly close encounters of the last few weeks. Be that as it may however, the fact remains Villager are a marked side this year and opposition teams, no matter their recent results or log positions, are desperate to beat them.
The upcoming fixture against Hands and Hearts is expected to be no different according to Captain Ashley Clarke. “We need to be fully prepared for the ‘Rainbows’ this weekend.” He says. “They beat us twice last year and will surely be looking to add to that tally, so I expect a big performance from the guys tomorrow and will need to front up physically.”
To continue their winning ways, Head Coach Andrew Hughes has selected a strong and physical side that has two changes in the backline and four changes in the pack. The slight changes and the more or less consistent backline should ensure an improved performance on the weekend.
The changes in the pack sees the return of Ryan Germishuys to tight head prop and Jannie Bester to flank after sitting on the bench last weekend, while Ayden Coetzee takes up the loose head prop position due to the unavailability of Adrian Cleophas and Troy Lee. Scott Pitcher retains his spot at hooker adding a different dynamism to the side as the unofficial fourth loose forward. In the second row the tempestuous veteran, Richard ‘Oupa’ Williams, re-joins the team providing much needed physicality at the breakdown, while Andrew Wilkins moves from flank to lock to accommodate Bester. Brodie Blows joins Ashley Clarke and Jannie Bester in an enterprising loose forward combo that can be devastating with ball in hand.
In the backs the only changes from last week being Daniel Anderson coming in for Jonny Sweetnam at scrumhalf and Jethro Valentine for Donny Venter at wing. The flyhalf and centre combination of Daniel Clarke, Brent Sanders and Stuart Pattison remain intact, while Christo Terblanche and James Allderman remain on the wing and fullback respectively. It is well known this backline can throw it around with the best of them but they will need to execute on Saturday if they are to ensure a balanced attacking performance from the home team.
The bench sees the return of David ‘Bruce Willis’ Radloff from his overseas excursions as well as ‘It Aint EeeazY’ LT Stamper from a five week hiatus from the team due to working commitments. Completing the bench is Jarrod Amon, Ziyaad Fredericks and Eddie Ntaka as the forward replacements, joined by Jonny Sweetnam and Donny Venter as the backline subs.
Head Coach Andrew Hughes believes this side will be more of a threat on attack. “The return of Germishuys, Bester and Valentine should improve our attacking game considerably.” He says. “They all possess a youthful exuberance and the skills to back it up, whilst the inclusion of Oupa Williams up front will ensure our physicality at the breakdown is improved.”
Villager FC looks forward to hosting Hands and Hearts RFC as well as their supporters and invites all past and present Villager members, families and friends to Brookside on Saturday afternoon. Fixtures begin from 1:35pm with the u20s and 3rds and culminate with the 1st XV game at 4pm.
The Springbok test will be broadcast live from inside the pub and the Brookside Grill which leaves no excuse not to come support the Dirty Whites!
1st XV vs Hands and Hearts RFC:
|Villager 1st XV||Hands and Hearts 1st XV||Villager A||16:00|
|Villager 2nd XV||Hands and Hearts 2nd XV||Villager A||14:45|
|Villager 3rd XV||Hands and Hearts 3rd XV||Villager A||13:35|
|Villager u20||Hands and Hearts u20||Villager B||13:35|