Well, unfortunately, the 1XV lost their unbeaten status this past Saturday when they went down 31 – 40 to Kraaifontein. It is not ideal when a team has no league fixture from 20 May to 30 June (as was the situation with our 1XV) as you do lose momentum. We then resumed our campaign after a long break against a club who had been playing league rugby during our break – not ideal !
However, it must be said that the 1XV players must also take a good look at themselves and not only use the long break as an excuse for the loss. It was strongly emphasised to all the players that attendance at practices during the break was crucial and vitally important in order to be prepared for the Kraaifontein match. Also, they would have to work hard by themselves to maintain their fitness levels. Sadly, there was only a small core of players who took the message to heart and attended practices and did the necessary fitness work. And that was evident on Saturday – the players must understand that to wear the Villager 1XV jersey is a privilege and that to be successful all have to be committed. If there is only a third of the team (and it is always the same team members) that go the extra mile, then the team will not be a “well-oiled” machine. Surely the 2017 team members all want to make a mark in the history of our club and, hopefully, this past Saturday was simply a hiccup along the way. Time will tell whether the correct spirit prevails!!
This coming Saturday another difficult hurdle needs to be successfully jumped over as the all the teams travel to Collegians for an away fixture. A must win situation! The gods were kind to us this past Saturday as, despite our loss, both Helderberg and Hamlets also lost which meant that the top of the league standings remained the same. But we cannot rely on others to make up for our slip ups.
Hold on to your seat belts for the third and final test match between the British and Irish Lions and the All Blacks. As Warren Gatland has said “the Lions poked the bear” with their second test win and there will be a backlash. It will make for enthralling viewing. The standard of rugby has been quite superb and it has been a very special month of rugby in New Zealand.
Sport on DSTV certainly does not let up. This week you have Wimbledon, Tour de France, Proteas vs England cricket, Third Test NZ vs Lions to name a few events amongst a host of others. And there is DSTV “Catch Up” when you return from work. So, have a great sporting week, take care and don’t forget to diarise our home match against Helderberg on Saturday 22 July.
VFC Rugby Administration.