Villager FC are all set to play their first Western Province Super League A game since 2012 against Helderberg RFC on Saturday at Brookside. Kick off is at 4pm.
Coach Gunner Hughes has, after an extensive pre-season, officially announced a largely familiar 1st XV to take on Helderberg RFC tomorrow.
Hughes believes the side has a lot to offer this year. “With 12 of the guys having already played for the Villager 1st XV in the past and 8 of them having played a large part in last years league, I do think we have a good chance of success this year.”
Combined with the fact that most of last years team have stayed at the club, Hughes has opted to include youngsters from the WP Rugby Academy in Tokai to bolster the side. Damian Rawstorne, who went to SACS, joins the side at openside wing, whilst Renier Scholtz and Dean Tattersal will start from the bench.
“These youngsters come with great energy and have everything to prove tomorrow afternoon. I look forward to seeing how they handle their first real taste of senior club rugby, but having seen them at practice I know they can make the step up.” Says Hughes
The other new additions to the side sees Brandon Hamman at loose head prop, who hails from Wynberg Boys High and was in the UWC Varsity Cup side last year, Neil Docking at Flyhalf and Trent Jenkinson at outside centre. Neil and Trent, both of whom hail from Bishops and UCT, bring with them valuable experience to a largely youthful side.
Aside from the new additions the Villager faithful will be happy to see Ryan Germishuys back in the fold after having trained with the WP Vodacom Cup side for most of the pre-season as well as Brent Wienand who spent most of last year out injured. Bester and Ashley Clarke are back in their loose forward combination with only the addition of Devon Fester as a result of the injury to Brodie Blows. Scott Pitcher and “Big Luke” Westgarth Taylor complete the forward contingent.
Whilst in the backs last years old faces of Brent Sanders at wing, Daniel Clarke at inside centre and James Allderman at fullback return for another year in the famous white jerseys. The only other change to the side is the inclusion of Zubayr Abrahams who makes a welcomed return to the team at scrumhalf after a years hiatus.
The bench is completed by more new faces to the club in the form of Nic Vetsos and Sikho Langa as well as the inclusion of last years 2nd team stalwarts David Coombes and Ryan Massyn.
Villager FC welcomes all supporters from Helderberg to Brookside on Saturday and encourages everyone to enjoy the festive atmosphere Brookside offers.
Villager FC 1st XV vs Helderberg RFC 1st XV
1. Brandon Hamman, 2. Scott Pitcher, 3. Ryan Germishuys, 4. Brent Wienand, 5. Luke Westgarth-Taylor, 6. Jannie Bester, 7. Devon Fester, 8. Ashley Clarke (CPT), 9. Zubayr Abrahams, 10. Neil Docking, 11. Brent Sanders, 12. Daniel Clarke, 13. Trent Jenkinson, 14. Damian Rawstorne, 15. James Allderman
16. Sikho Langa, 17. Nic Vetsos, 18. Jarred Amon, 19. Renier Scholtz, 20. David Coombes, 21. Ryan Massyn, 22. Dean Tattersal
Villager FC 2nd XV vs Helderberg RFC 2nd XV
1. Adrian Cleophas, 2. Daniel Searle, 3.Gary Frank, 4. Milf Lindemann 5. Keegan Ackerman, 6. Kwakhona Ngwanya 7. Adrian Padua 8. Chadwick Peterson, 9. Brent McDougall, 10. Kelvin Dendy-Young 11. Celiston Windvogel, 12. Oscar Mazaka, 13. Yannis Benrabath 14. Byron Baron, 15. Kevin Lock
16. Ant Moss, 17. Reinart Rhode, 18. Simon Greenwood, 19. Zaheer Dramat, 20. Jason Marcus, 21. Christo Terblanche, 22. Wayne van Niekerk
Villager FC 3rd XV vs Helderberg RFC 3rd XV
1. Cieraan Fitzgerald, 2. Biggie Mtokonya, 3. Josh McMillan, 4. Konie Nieuwenhuys, 5. Rich Leatherby, 6. Jason Botha, 7. Allie Williams, 8. Yazeed Sadien, 9. Abdul Dollie, 10. Andrew Jones Davies, 11. Gerry Pedersen, 12. David Radloff, 13. Jet Valentine, 14. Ifty Evans, 15. Aya Jolobe
16. Ben Robinson, 17. Richard Williams, 18. Payden Viviers, 19. Tristan de Gouveia, 20. Dillon Ranger, 21. Damion Spalding, 22. Junaid Christians
Villager 1sts vs Helderberg RFC 16:00 A field
Villager u20 vs Helderberg RFC 13:30 B field
Villager 2nds vs Helderberg RFC 14:45 A field
Villager 3rds vs Helderberg RFC 13:30 A field