From the get go, the home side knew they were involved in a tough uncompromising encounter, with the visitors showing impressive scramble defense. Midway through the first half, former Cheetahs Academy loose forward, Jermaine Achilies showed real determination in stretching over the line with several defenders hanging on for dear life, to put the Vikings into a 5-0 lead. Many could have been forgiven for thinking this would be the opening of the floodgates had it not been for the impressive spirit shown by the visitors, the clever use of their bench throughout and the doggedness shown by their scrum-half.
A Villager mistake allowed the opposition to get back into the game with an equalising score early on in the second half, to set up a nail-biting final quarter. A Sir Lowrians penalty was converted to put them in the lead 8-5, with mere minutes left on the clock. Wave after wave of VFC attack was thwarted by desperate defense and poor option taking. With the final whistle imminent, the towering Imaad Soeker, intercepted a loose pass from the opposition winger, straightened the line and offloaded to the ever present Kye Bowerman. Still with plenty of work to do, Bowerman held off the last line to crash over in the corner. Thus putting the home side in a 10-8 lead. The referee’s final whistle was met with great relief and jubilation. Despite the close scoreline the home team were worthy winners.