With quite a few injuries and some players playing out of position as well as not having much of a bench – barely passing Boksmart compliant for that matter, the Vikings put on a brave display against one of the so called favourites for the league.
The conditions certainly didn’t favor a free flowing all action attack based game we generally favor and it was very much a forwards set piece and maul based game that was extremely stop-start with many messy rucks. Unfortunately we couldn’t handle their well-organized mauls from deep in our 22m on three occasions and conceded 3 tries in the first half. We really struggled with possession and territory the whole half and the one or two opportunities we had, we couldn’t hold onto the pass or opted for difficult set piece options in their 22m area.
We started the second half much better and had some good continuity on attack which resulted in us getting some points but unfortunately we couldn’t sustain the pressure thereafter. We defended bravely and were unlucky to concede the last try of the game from a clear knock on from their scrumhalf at the base. It was a little frustrating to say the least but the score line really didn’t justify the actual strengths of the teams but did justify False Bay’s ability to play the conditions better and use their superior maul to get the points. We are looking forward to our injuries healing over the next two weeks so we can put out a strong team for our final league fixture before the break…
Penalty: Chris Western