Last Gasp Penalty Saves Villager

Villager FC regained some semblance of stability on the SLA log after they defeated a game and spirited St Georges side by 25 points to 24 in their WP Super League A fixture at Gustrouw on Saturday 23 May. The half time score was 15 – 14 in favour at Villager.

The Villager FC 1st XV traveled to the Strand to take on St Georges RFC on Saturday afternoon. Somewhat blustery conditions greeted the team as they assumed battle in this must-win game. A promising start saw Villager score the first try through structured attack, and the visitors’ players and spectators could have been forgiven for believing that the game was theirs for the taking, as St Georges already appeared in low spirits after this initial foray. Looks deceived us!

St Georges came straight back with a try of their own, and the men in white knew that they were in for a hard afternoon. A piece of individual brilliance from Luke Masasire and, later, a penalty saw Villager leading by 15 – 7, but a goal for the home team before the break meant that it was as good as tied up at half-time.

The second half delivered a tight battle with both sides competing fiercely at the breakdown. A try from Villager saw them lead 22 – 14 before a try and a penalty from St Georges took them to a two point lead with 10 minutes to play. Attack after attack was defended by the home team, before the inevitable penalty was forced, and was calmly slotted by Dan Clarke at the final whistle for Villager to win by the narrowest possible margin.

The final score of 25 – 24 was a fair reflection of the both teams execution on the day. The Villager men showed character which promises a turning of the corner in terms of “winning the tight ones”. Hooker Dan Searle was deservedly awarded man of the match.

Villager Scorers:

Tries: Daniel Clarke, Luke Masasere, Simon Greenwood
Conversions: Daniel Clarke (2)
Penalty: Daniel Clarke (2)