Score: Scottsdene Central u20 7 – 31 Villager u20
Sweltering hot conditions met the Vikings in their encounter against Scottsdene Central at the Scottsdene Central Sports Complex.
A delayed start due to a referee no-show, wasn’t enough to distract the VFC u20’s from the task at hand. Early dominance saw a tap penalty close to the opposition line with the ever present Daniel Searle barging his way over the whitewash. Dillan Ranger added the two points. From some neat build up play down the blindside Damion Spalding beat several defenders to add a second try to the Villager tally. Ranger split the uprights with the conversion. Shortly before the first scheduled water break, another dominant scrum afforded the space for the hugely talented Junaide Christians to use his ample size to bulldoze his way through for another five-pointer. As the heat took its toll on all involved, a lapse in concentration saw the home team slip a few tackles and get over for their one and only score, just before the half-time whistle. A 19 – 7 lead at the break.
Liberal use of the bench, after a well deserved breather, saw some fresh legs take the field for the second half. The changes unfortunately did not have the desired effect as the boys from Brookside, struggled to get going in the second stanza. Midway through, backline stand out, Christians once again breached the battered and bruised opposition defense to register his second try of the afternoon. The rather subdued Ash Reid with the extra points. A tiring Villager stuttered along. With the majority of the players dead on their feet, a moment of individual excellence saw the live-wire Jason Marcus jink his way through for a try under the poles.The final whistle was met with muted celebrations, owing to the disjointed second half display and exhaustion.
The team was well lead by Searle and special mention must be made of the yeoman work done by Allie Williams and Kye Bowerman in the loose, and for the dominant display in the line-outs from Imaad Soeker.
Scorers: Tries: Daniel Searle, Damion Spalding, Junaide Christians (2) and Jason Marcus. Con: Dillan Ranger (2) and Ash Reid (1)