Blessed once again with perfect rugby weather, the boys from Brookside delivered an indifferent performance in their SLA, u20 match against SK Walmers.
A nervy start saw the travelling team capitalise on early handling indiscretions, from the home team and were oh so close to getting over the whitewash and recording the opening score, had it not been for the last minute scramble defense from the back three. Poor handling was the theme of the first half as far to often, great approach work came undone with some sloppy handling. Aiden Leibrandt broke the duck with a great individual effort crashing over the try-line for the 5-pointer. Ash Reid obliged with the conversion.
It was that man Leibrandt again, playing in the unfamiliar position of fullback, due to the eleventh hour withdrawal of the hard running Johan Botma, who rounded his opposite and cut inside to elude the sole cross-covering defender to stretch the lead. With their tails up and winning good clean ball from first phase, the next generation of Villager stalwarts began to run the ball at every opportunity. The tigerish Ishmail Sedien closed the second half, barreling over the try-line with several defenders hanging off him. Reid with the 2-points.
The second half started off scrappy with both teams seeming to still be in a slumber from the midway interval. Second half substitute, Callum Blows, pounced on a loose ball and outstretched the defense to score close to the corner. A difficult conversion was no problem for Reid as he slotted comfortably for the extra points. At this point, liberal use of the bench was in affect. With the four try bonus point secure, players began to relax and with that sloppy mistakes were made. A 10 minute period of sustained pressure from the Bo-Kaap visitors was well shut out by the home defense. An SK Walmers tap penalty just short of the try-line, saw their hulking front rower spill the ball over the line and in true Villager spirit the boys countered from inside their own goal area. The resultant phases saw some slick hands to see Nanele Tyali go over in the corner.
With mere minutes left on the clock a well executed backline move saw Leibrandt step his way through untouched to complete his hat-trick. Yusri Williams with the conversion. A solid display perhaps blighted by poor handling was setup by the yeoman work done by the forwards. Deon Grierson (eventual man of the match), Jabu Zimande and Newton Sacco being the stand out forwards on the day.
Score: Villager u20 38 – 3 SK Walmers u20
Tries: Aiden Leibrandt (3), Ishmail Sedien, Callum Blows & Nanele Tyali.
Cons: Ash Reid (3) & Yusri Williams.