Villager Voice 2018 – 023

Dear Villager

That first important win in Super League A remains elusive and our 1XV and 2XV (although improved displays) went down again to Tygerberg this past Saturday. The problem of finishing is still a problem in the 1XV and, despite having the best of possession and territory,  poor passing, poor decision-making and missed penalty kicks cost us dearly. And this with 14 men as we had a player sent off within the first 5 minutes. The 1XV must believe in themselves, must not be apologetic because they are Super League A newcomers, use their underdog status as a strength and play as if Brookside is a fortress.

The Villager U20A remains unbeaten and this past Saturday were behind for the entire match until the last 10 minutes when their never-say-die attitude and pride saw them snatch victory in a breathtaking finish. All credit must go to the coaches and the players as they are flying the Villager flag high and there are U20s who are putting their hands up as fine rugby players.

On the subject of red cards, this past Saturday saw the negative effect of highly-debatable red cards at both international level and club level where both France and Villagers were “up” for their games, but ended up having to play for almost the entire period with 14 men. In the end a team of 14 players for virtually the entire match runs out of steam and defensively cannot plug all the holes. The game of rugby is being spoilt as a contest by red cards and at the aftermatch function on Saturday this was a discussion point. A suggestion was that World Rugby should consider that when a red card is issued the guilty player is sent off the field for the rest of the game. However, after a period of 10 minutes the offending team must be allowed to replace the red-carded player with a substitute for the rest of the game to allow for an even contest. Food for thought!!

The Eddie Jones function this coming Thursday is sold out and it will be interesting to hear Eddie’s views on the England tour to South Africa and world rugby in general. Our own past captain, Neal Hatley (England forward coach), will also be present and Martin cannot wait to pull him a “welcome back” beer. Thank you to all those who bought tickets for the evening which I am sure will be a Villager highlight.

Villagers has a bye this coming weekend, but the club will not be inactive. On Friday WP will play the SWD Eagles in the Supersport Rugby Challenge at Brookside at 15h00. Then on Saturday it is the Springboks against England in the Third Test on the big screen in the clubhouse. So if you are free and are not playing golf on Friday afternoon or not going to Newlands on Saturday, pop down to Brookside and enjoy the Saggy Stone Villager special vibe with friends.

A reminder that our next league fixture will be against Belhar at Brookside on Saturday 30 June 2018. Our men in white now need your support more than ever and we, therefore, hope to see many Villagers at the home game on the 30th.

In the meantime stay warm and dry in what is so far turning out to be a wonderful winter. And long may it last!!

Kind regards.

Rob Wagner.