OPPOSITION : UNION – MILNERTON 2nd XV
VENUE : HOME
Another classic cliché: A game of two halves!
The Vikings faced Union-Milnerton, one of the strongest teams in the league. A lot has been said in the build-up to this fixture as Uni-Mil as a whole was seen as the possible league winners right from the start of the season. The 1st team decided to field a full fresh squad for this important fixture and as a result a couple of top regular Vikings were drafted. This did not stop the 2nd team from recording their best start of the season. Playing composed, almost test – match like rugby, grinding away at the opposition, getting into the strike zone and keeping the scoreboard moving. No. 7, Eddie Ntaka, had a great game with some powerful runs that should have resulted in more points were it not for an ankle tap on the line or being gang tackled centimetres from the try line. The Vikings raced to a 13 – 0 lead in the first 20 minutes of the game through a try by No. 15, Joel Murphy, converted by No. 10, Joe Williams and two earlier penalties by No.12, Dillan Ranger. Milnerton did score a very soft try and with 30 minutes on the clock the score was 16 – 5 as No. 10, Joe Williams, added another penalty. With half time just a whistle away an off the ball incident saw No. 6, Tohier Keraan yellow carded to spend the first 10 minutes of the 2nd half next to the field.
And then the 2nd half…..
The wind was picking up and rain was imminent and so was Milnerton. Within the 1st minute they were under the posts and our lead was now only 16 – 12. The continued attacks were absorbed well by the Vikings and they held their own for a long time as 20 minutes went by without a point being scored, but then the wall broke and Milnerton went over for their third try of the afternoon. Shortly afterwards their forth was on the board as their forwards started to dominate in the scrums as well as in the loose. With the score 16 – 24 the Vikings continued to attack and came very close to scoring in the last minute, however the score remained unchanged. A bitter 16 – 24 loss.