Following the disappointing result last week against Uni-Milnerton, Villager had an opportunity this week to make amends with a solid victory against mid-table Violets. The lead up to the game was dissapointing as Violets managed to bring only 6 registered u20 players (the game was not played and awarded to Villager) and the 2nd team game was delayed for similar issues. With the 3rds and the 2nds putting in impressive victories it was up to the 1st team to follow suit.
Almost straight from kick off of the game the rain came down and affected the quality thereof as it was littered with unforced errors and general niggle. It was clear from the start that the Violets 1st team was a notch above the rest of their teams as the first 20 minutes were even and competitive.
Village however were first to score as they executed a well worked lineout drive with Nic Wood bustling over. Clarke converted. 7-0.
Violets then had a dominant period impressing with their quick backs and silky ball skills. The pressure eventually told as they forced a penalty which they converted. 7-3.
From then on it was all Village as they clearly held the upper hand in most facets. The only area of frustration for the hosts was the lineout where they struggled to consistently win their own ball. This did have an affect on their momentum and cancelled out a number of good try scoring opportunities.
Eventually the pressure told as the Villager backs neatly distributed the ball through the hands to James Underwood (fullback) who turned on the burners, chipped over the oncoming defender and collected for the try. One of the best of the season. Clarke converted 14-3.
Village weren’t finished yet as they carried on from where they left off out-muscling their opponents in the scrum and creating nice quick ball for the backs. After a few phases flanker Jamie Croeser found a hole near the ruck and exploited it to dot down under the poles. 19-3 Village.
At this point one would have thought Village would put the nail in the coffin however credit to Violets as they fought back almost immediately with a good converted try in the corner. 19-10.
Inexcusably Village then lost their heads as their discipline let them down committing penalty after penalty in their own half. This eventually cost them and Violets slotted one. 19-13, halftime and Violets now with a sniff. It was now a different game and suddenly a good one to win for Village.
The 2nd half started poorly for the hosts as they gifted Violets with an easy try as Village mis-calculated a bouncing ball at the back which the Violets wing pounced on to score under the poles. Suddenly for the first time in the game Village were down 19-20.
The next moment in the game was a telling one as centre Shane Swart absolutely decimated his opposite number in one of the hardest hits we have seen this season. The enormity of the hit seemed to play against Shane as the referee called it dangerous and gave him 10mins in the bin.
Village managed to fight through this period scoring 2 more tries. One by reserve hooker Ziyaad Fredericks and the other from centre Stu Pattison. Violets managed a consolation try at the end. The game ended 31-25 to Villager.
Man of the match went to flanker Scotty Pitcher who was relentless in the loose, offering an incredibly high work rate in a tough encounter.
Villager play Belville-Tech away on Saturday.