Amongst the backdrop of Table Mountain and the splendid sunshine, Villager FC played host to Macassar RFC in their WP Super League B first round fixture. The Dirty Whites acquitted themselves well by comfortably winning the game 45 – 18, scoring six tries to two, securing five log points.
Macassar were first on the score board after a long range penalty was converted by their flyhalf, who it must be said is a phenomenal kicker. Another long range penalty followed soon thereafter.
Villager replied with two driving maul tries through Bester and a backline try through centre Stuart Pattison after Bester outflanked three defenders to put Pattison into space. Clarke converted two before he left the field injured after a charge down attempt twisted his ankle. Wing Reece Gregg filled the void left by Clarke and converted the remaining try of the half. James Alderman converted a penalty shortly before halftime to edge the Dirty Whites further ahead.
Macassar’s first try was finished superbly by their openside wing in the corner making full use of the numerical advantage Macassar enjoyed whilst Villager flyhalf Daniel Clarke was receiving treatment for his injured ankle.
Half time score: 24 – 11.
Villager started the second half where they left off, scoring a further three tries with Bester securing his hatrick after one of the most spectacular tries Brookside has seen in many a year after replacement lock, Brent Wienandt, broke two tackles on the Villager 10m line and passed to Bester, who seemingly was everywhere in the loose. The remaining two tries came through lock Stephen Beurger who went over after sustained pressure on the Macassar’s try line and Pattison picked up his second after catching the defence napping at the ruck. Gregg converted all three.
Macassar did well to score their second converted try after a period of sustained pressure as a result of a string of breakdown infringements by the Villager side. However the try was not enough to prevent the Dirty Whites claiming their first victory of the 2014 season.
Coach Hughes was all smiles after the game, “It was a great game from the team, every player did their part and we stuck to the game plan well. Macassar came out to Brookside to beat us and were physical from the outset but our guys gave as good as they got and scored some scintillating tries.”
In analysing the game later the forwards were physically dominant for most of the afternoon where tighthead prop, Ryan Germishuys made strong runs, while in the lineouts hooker Troy Lee and lock Stephen Beurger linked well. In the backs centres Stuart Pattison and David Radloff put in a strong performance together on attack with their strong ball carries that provided good forward momentum. Pattison in particular had a good day with ball in hand eventually walking away with two tries of his own for his efforts.
The biggest difference between the two sides in the second half can be put down to the massive impact the bench made for the Brookside based team, in particular flank Andrew Wilkins and already mentioned Wienandt both added huge physicality to the pack and provided good forward momentum.
Hughes was extremely impressed with the way youngster, James Alderman stepped up taking over from the injured Clarke at flyhalf, “Losing Daniel (Clarke) was not ideal and could have had a hugely negative impact on the side but having youngsters like Alderman and Gregg maturely step up and get on with the job was crucial in ensuring the team lost none of its rhythm on attack and kept the score board ticking.”
Hughes added that the mentality the side possesses will stand them in good stead moving forward, “I am very proud of the way the team stuck together in the difficult moments during the game and I cannot understate the impact the seniors like Troy Lee, Stuart Pattison and captain Ashley Clarke have in this regard.”
The Dirty Whites have many aspects to work on moving forward, but the improvement from Bellville was clear to see, “We definitely played our best game of the year thus far, and having quality players like Jannie Bester back in the team makes a huge difference. We still have a number of players coming back from injury, while the players in the seconds are putting their hands up to be included. This is only a healthy situation and will make our club stronger as a result, but only if its well managed.” Hughes said with a smile.
The Dirty Whites travel to Scottsdene this coming Saturday in their second round fixture. Kick off 4pm.
Tries: Bester (3), Pattison (2), Beurger (1)
Conversions: Clarke (2), Gregg (4)
Penalty: Alderman (1)
Team list from Saturday:
1: AYDEN COETZEE, 2: TROY LEE, 3: RYAN GERMISHUYS, 4: EDDIE NTAKA, 5: STEPHEN BEURGER, 6: JANNIE BESTER, 7: BRODIE BLOWS, 8: ASHLEY CLARKE (CPT), 9: DANIEL ANDERSON, 10: DANIEL CLARKE, 11: REECE GREGG, 12: DAVID RADLOFF, 13: STUART PATTISON, 14: EMILE BANETI, 15: JAMES ALDERMAN
16: SCOTT PITCHER, 17: ADRIAN CLEOPHAS, 18: CIERAN FITZGERALD, 19: BRENT WIENANDT, 20: ANGELO PETERSON , 21: ANDREW WILKINS, 22: JONNY SWEETNAM, 23: GEOFF VAN REYNEVELDT