With the storms having hit last weekend, events and fixtures have had to be reshuffled, the School Sevens Tournament postponed till this Friday 6th September and the Hamlets game to Saturday 21st September. The unfortunate consequence of this is that Village will not be home to watch the majority of the School Sevens as they travel up the road to the Herbstein fields at False Bay for their second round encounter on the same date. Kick off 9pm.
There have been some minor adjustments to the starting 15 for Friday, Tim Marsh having pulled out with a recurring leg injury which will see him hang up his boots for the rest of the season. Our hopes of having some fresh legs off the bench have been somewhat dashed and will only see 3 “freshies” off the bench Friday night.
Christo Terblanche will slot into the 10 position with Zubayr Abrahams starting at 9. The center pairing of Yale Jameson and Ryan Massyn remains unchanged and are sure to bring some exciting running rugby to the game. Donny Venter and Dylan Barkas will protect our troops out wide and their ability to run good angles should see them making some good breaks. Louis Gabriel will control from the rear with Gerard “Oupa” Pedersen providing the fresh legs for the back line off the bench.
Front row will comprise of Jarrod Amon, Jamie Kaiser and Adrian Cleophas, solid so far this season with their scrumming and have been putting in some extra work on their ball carrying skills. Sean Mollentze and Craig Davies at lock make up the tight 5. The loose trio of Brodie Blows, Devon Fester and Eddie Ntaka will be quick around the park and are sure to cause some upsets at the breakdown and in general play. Ziyaad Fredericks and Kwaks Ngwanya make up the balance of the “freshies” off the bench.
There’s no doubt about it! It’s going to be a humdinger for all sides involved and while not the traditional Villager Derby, it is to all extents and purposes our “local” derby and will be played with heart and ferocity. With the Bay sitting top of the log going into Friday night’s game, one might be lead to believe it will be a “David vs Goliath” or “Boys against Men” encounter.
The first round encounter saw us start the second half at 15 – 0 down and finishing 44 – 0 at the final whistle. The boys in white that day defended like Trojans, tacking the tackle count over the hundred mark. We are under no illusion that Friday night will be any different, however, coaches Bruce Fraser and Kirsten Marshall believe that this is not the same breed of “David’s” or “Boys” that met them in the first round, this is a group of Villager Men who have grown from strength to strength every week, building on their beliefs, fine tuning their skills, congealing as a side and most importantly showing pride in the badge on their chests.
If there is any moment for the boys from Brookside to shine, there can be no better moment than Friday.
LET THE GAMES BEGIN