Load shedding, latecomers and a lack of urgency blighted the build up to the all important fixture against Southern Suburbs rivals, UCT.
Mid-week fixtures are never easy, none more so than against a fired up Varsity side. From the kick-off, the Vikings were on the defensive and spent the better part of the first half in their own 22. A missed first time tackle in the midfield, one of many, allowed UCT to open the scoring. With captain and talisman Ash Reid in the sin-bin for petulance, the visitors capitalised to score two further tries. Closing the first half 21-0 down. Although we battled initially at scrum time, our line-outs were spot on.
The second half began much like the first half ended, with a UCT try. With their backs against the wall and a few tactical substitutions to boot, the home team began to play some rugby, stretching the UCT defense, with Julio Abels at the forefront. At this point the Villager scrum began to dominate, raking four tight-heads in the process. The new avenue of possession afforded the guys the opportunity to express themselves a little more. A Joel Murphy break inside his own half setup Yusri Williams down the left hand touchline. Showing strength and determination to break the initial tackle, Williams offloaded inside to the supporting Murphy, who managed to beat the chasing defender to register Villager’s only score.