An extended mid season break, due to varying circumstances, was a potential stumbling block for the VFC u20 side against mid-table St Georges.
Initially playing against 14 men, the Vikings were very methodical and patient in their approach. A real sign the players are maturing into their respective roles. The new half back pairing of Allie Williams and Dillan Ranger controlling matters from the get go. The latter crashing over for the first score of the game. Kye Bowerman added the extra two points.
A cohesive performance by the re-shuffled loose-trio gave the Vikings the upper-hand in the loose, with Tristan de Gouveia particularly effective in the “fetching” role. This afforded the backs, particularly the outside backs, the freedom to express themselves. Fullback, Kevin Lock, having a cracking game at the back, countering at every opportunity. The elusive 15 had his work cut out for him, with the opposition making liberal use of the boot, executing little grubbers and chips over the top. Ably supported by Williams and Bowerman, the junior ‘Lulu Boys’ never really looked like breaching the whitewash.
The solid first half display lay the foundation for the players to approach the second half with less pressure than in previous games. This was evident from the attractive rugby on display by the next generation of ‘Dirty Whites’. The second half was all Villager as they continued their dominance over the luckless visitors. Had the home-team players perhaps been a little less selfish and looked for the pass, rather than contact, the score could well have been considerably higher. With that said, a good day at the office for all involved, as the Vikings hit their second half of the season running.
VFC u20 43 – 0 St Georges u20
Scorers: Tries: Dillan Ranger, Allie Williams (2), Imaad Soeker, Jermaine Achilies, Junaide Christians and Dan Searle.
Cons: Kye Bowerman (4)