VILLAGER FC 2nd XV vs CERES – KRAAIFONTEIN RUGBY DAY, 5 MARCH 2016

The 2nd friendly fixture for Villager FC in the 2016 season was against Ceres at Kraaifontein Rugby Club’s rugby day on Saturday 5 March 2016. What started as a wet, overcast day turned into a real scorcher as the Villager 2nd team started their game. From the start Villagers took charge of possession and some good interplay between backs and forwards lead to an early try for new comer lock, Pieter Jordaan and converted by No. 10, Joe Williams. However this early try immediately damped the intensity of the team and lots of errors started to occur, letting the Ceres team back into the game.

Poor discipline saw Toughied Gilfellow yellow carded for a dangerous tackle in the 18th minute.

Villagers totally annihilated the Bolanders in the scrums and this should have been used to more efficiently, but unfortunately the fitness levels as well as the mentioned heat interfered with converting these opportunities. On the other hand Pieter Jordaan was having a great day, winning many line outs against the throw and crossing for his 2nd try of the match.

Ceres played extremely loose and high risk rugby, running every ball and throwing the ball around the park. Close to halftime one of those loose passes actually went to hand and that along with poor defence saw them score. Halftime score 12 – 5.

The 2nd half was fuelled by more ill-discipline by the V2 team as fatigue started to set in. A massive penalty count was building up and this saw many scoring opportunities go wasted and all of this was playing right into the hand of the Ceres team as they scored a converted try to level the scores at 12 all with roughly 10 minutes to play. The Village forwards continued their dominance in the scrums and there were some brilliant individual carries by players like Delvin Hogg and Eddie Ntaka as well as a strong run and score by Mike Mdumnyelwa, which sealed the game for Villager 2nd XV. Final score 17 – 12.