Finally Village were back at home. Having not had a home win yet this season it was crucial that this trend was reversed. Collegians, sitting at 6th on the log, have experienced a mixed bag of results to date, beating log leaders Hamlets and drawing to log propper’s Strand. The weather played the part, displaying perfect evening conditions, with Brookside showing itself off as only it can as a sizeable crowd had built through the evening. The atmosphere was humming with anticipation.
Right from kick off Village dominated possession with impressive phase play moving the ball from ruck to ruck with great intensity and recycling good quick ball with strong penetrative running. The attack was relentless, however the Collegians defence stood firm managing to scramble and cover extremely well. At times Village lost patience and in so doing made silly unforced errors. Eventually the pressure told as Village were awarded a penalty and “Mr Reliable”, Dan Clarke, converted. 3 nil Villager.
Village got straight back into it with Collegians barely getting their hands on the ball. Village were awarded another penalty. 6 nil Village.
This complete onslaught by Village must have left the Collegians players wondering if they were only going to be tackling all night. It would not be an exaggeration to say that Village had in excess of 80% possession clinically recycling and moving the ball from target to target. Extremely encouraging and enthralling signs for the Village supporters – finally Village rugby of the 80’s and 90’s coming back to Brookside.
At one stage Collegians did manage to turnover a Village ruck and created space out wide that almost resulted in the first try of the match however the Village cover put the local crowd at ease with some effective scrambling. A penalty did result though and Collegians took the opportunity with both hands. 6-3 Village.
This brought about halftime. Village needed to be careful here as even though they were all over their opponents one mistake and it could be a different ball game. Following the halftime guidance and a tweak here or there from the Village coaching staff the boys came out firing in the 2nd stanza. It didn’t take long for the inevitable to happen as Zubs Abrahams (scrumhalf) darted over after a now legendary Ash Clarke quick tap. Clarke converted. 13-3 Village.
The rest of the game continued in the same vain with possession stats heavily weighted in the favour of Village with Collegians putting up a defiant effort on defence. All this pressure resulted in another penalty to Clarke and try to Brodie Blows (flank) following a great clean break from a scrum by inside centre Shane Swart. Village 23-3 and the game was in the bag.
Collegians managed a late consolation try which was converted. The game ended at 23-10 Villager.
Man-of-the-match was a tricky one as it could have gone to any of the 20 players that represented Village this evening however for the 2nd time in a row the honour went to Brodie Blows for his ever industrious work in the loose and superior lineout play.
Villager take on St Georges at Gustrouw next week following which they will have a 6 week mid-season break