Villager FC fell to their fifth defeat in this years WP SLA after they were comprehensively outplayed by False Bay by 48 points to 7 in their Southern Suburbs Derby fixture at False Bay on Friday 29 May. The half time score was 43 – 0 in favour of the visitors.
Friday night lights at the Bay. What a privilege and honour to be part of this great fixture again. The occasion was unfortunately inhibited slightly by the blustery and wet conditions but this didn’t seem to keep anyone away as the crowd packed into a fantastic new False Bay facility. Thanks to our friends in Constantia for all they did to increase the profile of this fixture by inviting old Villager stalwarts to enjoy a few cold ones with their Bay compatriots. Great night for club rugby.
On the rugby front it was always going to be a challenging fixture for our guys with the Bay arguably fielding one of the best teams in their rich history. From a Village perspective our team were unfortunately experiencing a number of omissions due to a combination of injuries, holidays and suspensions. This however did not deter our young charges as they were determined to make up for disappointing outings against the other two super powers in the A league, Hamiltons and UCT.
Village got off to a nervous start with a silly error straight from the kick off. This unfortunately allowed False Bay good field position and it wasn’t long before they scored a good try in the corner on the clubhouse side handing the home side a 5 nil lead.
Village then consolidated nicely and for the next 15 minutes defended like trojans as they held off a spirited and organised Bay attack. After wave and wave of attack the dam wall was due to burst sometime and it eventually did with another great Bay try which furthered their lead to 12.
The next 25 minutes were all Bay as they showed off their sublime power, physicality, skills, speed and structure to put in another 31 points in 20 minutes. An ominous sight for any diehard Villager fan.
At 43 nil at halftime in favour of the home team, the writing seemed to be on the wall for the Brooksiders and their supporters, who may have been forgiven that another 60+ score line was on the cards.
Thankfully for the visiting supporters Head Coach Gunner Hughes must have said his piece at half-time as it was evident straight away in the 2nd half that they were ready to play with complete abandon which saw the side finally expressing themselves like no other time this season.
It was great to see our guys take it to this great Bay side as they competed in all facets in what was a evenly contested second half. It was almost like something clicked in the minds of our guys as they showed unbelievable self-belief and team spirit to fight to the bitter end. Village scored first in the second half with a well worked long range try by wing Damian Rawstorne which ace-kicker Dan Clarke converted to narrow the scores to 43-7.
However being the side they are, False Bay hit back soon after with an unconverted try to finalise proceedings at 48-7. An unlikely, and much improved result considering the first half blitz by the Bay.
Special mention needs to go to a number of the workhorses in the pack who set the tone in the second half namely man-of-the-match Luke Wesgarth-Taylor (Lock), Ryan Germishuys (Prop) and Ryan Le Roux (Eightman).
When asked about the differences in the halves Gunner Hughes believed that the character of the side was the defining difference more than the wind in the 2nd half.
“Although the 1st half was really disappointing, the Bay did have the wind at their backs which put us under a lot of pressure straight away and we couldn’t deal with the hard running of the Bay boys.” He said.
“With the wind on our side I think our spirits did lift somewhat, but I believe that our character of never giving up shone through brightest in the 2nd half. The fellas really gave it to the Bay which makes me happy to see their real potential and belief coming through.” Hughes concluded.
Villager FC ould like to congratulate our rivals and friends False Bay on their performance and thank them for their hospitality on the day and wish them all the best for the rest of the year. Villager now face Sir Lowrians away in Helderberg next Saturday (13th June) in a re-play of last years SLB season finale.