Villager Desperate to Bounce Back

Villager FC, after two successive losses at the hands of Tygerberg and Hamiltons, will be desperate to get their 2015 Super League A season back on track when they face SK Walmers at Brookside on Saturday. Kick off is at 4pm. (Click HERE to see the Match Programme)

As with most sports movies that Hollywood regularly puts out, the protagonists of the story have to go through some sort of distress, failure or heartache before the triumphant ending where they come out victorious in either the scoreboard or the lesson the screenwriter wanted the viewer to walk away with. Often the basic takeaway is never give up, follow your dreams and believe in yourself and success will follow.

If only it was that easy in real life.

Although the Villager faithful knew this season would be a difficult one, the loss at the hands of Tygerberg at home stung, whilst the defeat against Hamiltons can be considered a major catastrophe when one considers the history and rivalry between the two oldest clubs in South Africa. Of course one should remember that ‘Hammies‘ are on another level currently owing to their consistent results in the SLA over the last 10 or so years and their top 3 finishes in the Community Cup – however this does not prevent the expectation that Villager need to turn the losing tide against their rivals sooner rather than later.

When looking forward to the fixture against SK Walmers this weekend, the ‘Brooksiders‘ will be desperate to turn around their recent results and claim a win against the visitors who have not had the best results in the SLA this year. Their 3 losses and 1 win makes this clash this weekend an intriguing one to say the least.

With SK having lost heavily to False Bay, narrowly fell to UWC, lost by 20 points to UCT and beaten Primrose, the scene will be set against a Village side that has only beaten bottom of the log Helderberg and Primrose respectively. To the neutral observer the game this weekend is likely one of the better match ups of equal strength of the year.

Although the home side will be looking for a victory they will have to dig deeper than usual without the services of star prop, Ryan Germishuys and hard running flanker, Jannie Bester, as both are out injured. Replacing the injured duo is Jarryd Amon and Payden Viviers at prop and flank respectively. Aside from the injuries, Kwakhona Ngwanya makes a return to the side at lock in place of Ryan le Roux who is unavailable this week, and Villager stalwart Daniel Searle makes his first start at Hooker in place of Sikho Langa who moves to the bench. 

The forward contingent is completed by Aidrian Cleophas at loosehead prop, Brent Wienand at lock, who it must be said was outstanding last weekend and is expected to play a vital part in this weekends clash, Reiner Scholtz at blindside flank and Ashley Clarke at eighth-man.

In the backline the unavailability of Trent Jenkinson sees the inclusion of David “John Mitchell” Radloff at centre, whilst the return of James Allderman at fullback sees last weeks man of the match, Stuart Pattison, move back to centre to partner Radloff once again.  Ediie Galpin retains his place at scrumhalf as does Daniel Clarke at flyhalf, whilst winger Brent Sanders returns after a weeks injury lay off.

Completing the backline is winger and crowd favourite, Ryan Massyn who started the season like a house on fire but has since not been given the same opportunities to show off his prodigious skill set. The Villager supporters will no doubt want this to change this weekend.

The team is completed by the aforementioned Sikho Langa, Nic Vetsos, “Big” Luke Westgarth-Taylor, Simon Greenwood, David Coombes, Luke Masasire and exciting youngster Kelsey Tait on the bench. 

Villager Head Coach, Gunner Hughes, believes that the team must look forward rather than backwards if they are to turn around recent results.

“We know that the last two weekends were tough and difficult to accept, but for a side with as much potential as ours we need to continually look forwards and not backwards if we are to realise our goals this year.” He said.

“In keeping with that, SK are going to be tough. They have a big pack of forwards and will be looking to take us on physically, however we must be prepared for that and be confident in our abilities and systems to hold them out for the entire 80 minutes. I believe the fellas can do it and so does the entire club, but it will come down to which team wants it the most on the day.” Hughes continued.

Villager looks forward to renewing our rivalry with SK Walmers and welcomes their supporters to Brookside.

FIXTURES:

Villager FC 1st XV vs SK Walmers 1st XV  16:00    A field
Villager FC 2nd XV vs SK Walmers 2nd XV 14:45   A field
Villager FC 3rd XV vs SK Walmers 3rd XV 13:35     A field
Villager FC u20 vs SK Walmers u20  13:35              B field