A great day at the office for the Village Vikings!
The spirit of the players at the practice sessions during the week was good and there was a general feeling that the side wanted and should do better than their latest results. Most of Saturday’s Vikings team had a run against touring English side, Richmond on Monday night in a very impressive display of running rugby. This fixture and the confidence taken from it was just the spark needed to get the V2 team back on the winning track.
Helderberg fielded a physical side with a good tight five that looked very solid in the early scrums and set pieces. This laid the foundation for the their backs to receive the ball with a little more space and put Village under pressure, however the defence held and with 15 minutes on the clock the score was still 0 – 0. Blows were exchanged by both sides and although Helderberg enjoyed a territorial advantage there was not too much between the teams. With 20 minutes on the clock the Village backs were given some space after poor defence and a great run by no.14 Rowaahl Jaftha, the pass went to no.11 Aurlien Bouic who came very close to opening the scoreboard. At this stage Village was setting up camp on the Helderberg try line, however run after run was stopped and the Helderberg players had to resort to some unseen WWE type defence to stop the Vikings from scoring. The frustration of not getting the breakthrough was telling and the possession was lost. A loose kick up field and a chase resulted in Helderberg scoring the opener totally against the run of play. 0 – 5. Village regrouped and followed the kick off with some good structured play, protecting the ball and gaining the advantage yards. A penalty in midfield was converted by no. 9 Zaahir Omar sending the teams to go and drink water with the score 3 – 5.
The 2nd half was all Villagers and almost everything seemed to work for a change. Good attacking runs but equally good defence by the whole team placed an enormous amount of pressure on the opposition. So much that for some inexplicable reason all scrums awarded to Helderberg was turned into penalties. The gaps were starting to open up and this resulted in chances being taken as well as chances lost, however from a turn over ball no.14 Rowaahl Jaftha was sent down the line for the 1st Village try. Converted by replacement fly half, Abdoelatief White. 10 – 5. Helderberg started to pass the ball in all directions as they tried to breach the Village defence and there were some big hits from Captain Doug Abbott and on the wing by no.11 Aurlien Bouic. Helderberg was awarded a penalty for repeated infringements and the points were taken in an effort to close the gap. 10 – 8. The Vikings however were not finished and a brilliant break through the defensive line and storming run saw no.12 Jamie Croeser go all the way to score under the sticks. Converted once again by replacement fly half, Abdoelatief White. 17 – 8. A 3rd Village try was almost on the cards as some great interplay by no.15 Joel Murphy and replacement centre Stu Pattison came very close to scoring in the last minute.
Final score 17 – 8 and a well-deserved victory for the Village Vikings. Next up Collegians on Friday night and a home victory will always taste very sweet.