Villager FC fell to their fourth defeat in a row after they were comprehensively outplayed by UCT RFC by 68 points to 0 in their WP Super League A fixture at Brookside on Wednesday 20 May. The half time score was 26 – 0 in favour of the visitors.
Enjoying Super A-league status comes with its challenges, including facing up against strong opposition such as the fit and skilful UCT set up.
Villager were up for the challenge, and despite conceding early tries, were able to exert pressure on the UCT backline in defence, which saw the students making uncharacteristic handling errors. Eventually cracks started to show in the defence due to consistent front-foot ball being conceded at scrum time, and quick ball from rucks for UCT.
A soft try from a quick tap close to the Villager try line, just before half-time, saw the Ikeys leading 26 – 0; not an unassailable lead. The second half substitutions were not as effective as had been hoped for by the Brookside outfit however, and the couple of changes at halftime did not have the desired effect of beefing up their attack. UCT were able to absorb any attacking forays and countered with skill and precision, running away with the game and scoring a handful of tries in the second half. They displayed the kind of play for which they are renowned and makes them exciting for a neutral spectator to watch and ran out deserved winners with a score of 68 to nil.
Despite a gutsy performance from the boys in white, they were again made very aware of the fact that the Super A-league is no picnic, and games against weaker opposition, where points are on offer, are very important if the club is to proceed at this level.
An early yellow card for Andrew Jones-Davies did not detract from his man-of-the-match performance on the wing. Frustrations saw Villager skipper Ashley Clarke awarded a red card late in the game. His work rate and physicality will be missed over the next few weeks, if this decision is not overturned.
The physicality and fitness of the players, are work in progress and the boys are looking forward to dominating in these aspects so as to show their try scoring abilities in the near future.
Villager FC wish to congratulate UCT on their performance and wish them all the best for the rest of the year. Villager now face St Georges away in Helderberg on Saturday in a must-win encounter for both teams.