1st XV Villager FC vs St Georges

St Georges 21 - 32 1st XV Villager FC
04 Jun 2016 - 16:00

Villager travelled back out to Gustrouw for a challenging fixture against St Georges. St Georges were one of only two teams to beat Villager in their title winning season in 2014. As per normal in Gustrouw the icy wind played its part and made the proposition even more of a challenge.

As to what is now becoming the norm Villager held onto possession impressively. Moving the ball through the phases effortlessly and producing some quick ball for the backs. This good ball opened up a field day for outside centre Donald Crawford as he on numerous occasions sliced through the St Georges defence. On one of these occasions he managed to finish off and take the score to 5 nil.

Villager now executing the best half of their season to date as they were completely dominant continued with more of the same managing to cross the line again this time in the corner following a number of pick and go’s on the St Georges line. Clarke unbelievably converted into the wind from the corner 12 nil.

Right after the kick off St Georges hit back with a penalty. 12-3.

Village then experienced a passage where a number of unforced errors cost them putting more points on the board and in so doing kept St Georges within a sniff. St Georges got another penalty 12-6.

Villager however were not going to let this one go and impressed with their skills often moving the ball from side to side of the field showing some deft touches from numbers 1-15. Eventually this neat play led to another try by Nic Vetsos coming on a good angle off Zubs Abrahams at scrumhalf. Nic has now scored in 6 out of 8 games this season, not bad for a front rower. Clarke converted 19-6 and half time.

The second half started as per the 1st with Village getting out the blocks quickly with a good try by lock Kwaks Ngwanya following a well executed lineout drive. Clarke converted 26-6.

At this point the game looked like it was going passed the 50 however be it a lapse in concentration, the questionable call by the referee to go to uncontested scrums or great play from St Georges, St Georges hit back with two well worked worked but relatively soft tries and a penalty. These scores brought the game to 26 21 and back on as a contest.

Fears of a great come from behind win for St Georges were soon put to bed as Clarke managed to put over two further penalties taking the score out of reach to 32 21. A bit too close to call in the end but a bonus point win at Gustrouw is no mean feat.

Man of the match went to outside centre Donald Crawford. Donald has been pushing for this all season with a number of great performances to date.

Villager enjoy a 5 week break before taking on Young Peoples away on the 16th July. Following this they will feature in 4 home games on the trot.