Villager Voice 2018 – 025

Dear Villager

Congratulations to the 1XV for their 31 – 5 bonus point win in very difficult weather conditions against Belhar this past Saturday. Their play in the first half (before the field became a mudbath) was out of the top drawer with one try possibly the try of the season. The 1XV have now set the standard of what they are capable of as a team and they must now grow stronger and stronger. They can never again fall below their standard of the first half against Belhar. Well done to all the guys!!

The 2XV are their own worst enemies and again missed the chance of a victory. The effort is there, but the far too many errors are costing them dearly. It’s a matter of focus and concentration when points are on offer. And again well done to the U20s who are setting the pace with their wonderful style of rugby. They are always so positive whether playing in dry or wet weather, with the wind or against the wind, and they all seem to enjoy themselves when on the field of play.

Thanks to all those Villagers who came down to Brookside this past Saturday in what can only be described as a foul day. Your support is hugely appreciated and commented upon by the players. It was particularly nice to have Colin Shapiro, who has done so much (massive thanks Colin!!) for the club in the past, at Brookside supporting the men in white. This coming Saturday we are again at home against Brackenfell and we need to build up momentum – your support is, therefore, vital and we cannot be outnumbered by Brackenfell supporters at our own home ground. The matches are as follows:

1XV A Field 16h00.

2 XV A Field 14h40.

U20A AField 13h25.

The Soccer World Cup has been enthralling with upsets all along the way. It certainly is a global game and, unlike the Rugby World Cup where there are so few competitive nations, to predict a pool winner and the ultimate winner of the Soccer World Cup is not that clear cut. It certainly does raise the question as to why rugby union is not growing both on and off the field and why certain nations are simply “treading water” and not going forward. Is it rugby laws, no global season, style of play, emphasis of physicality above skill, too many games, referees/touch judges/TMO, demise of club rugby and advent of semi-professional clubs, emphasis of winning at school level?

Disappointing that both the Stormers and Western Province are out of the reckoning in the Super Rugby and Supersport Challenge Competitions. Western Province has a difficult Currie Cup draw and will need our support as they go out and defend the Currie Cup. C’mon Province you can do it!!!

That’s it for this week. We should all be smiling with the wonderful rains we have experienced over the last few days and, hopefully, there is more to come. Enjoy the week and see you at Brookside on Saturday when we host the Brackenfell RFC.

Kind regards.

Rob Wagner.