Villager Voice 2018 – 030

Dear Villager

Well done to the 1XV! A valuable 4 points were secured this past Saturday against St Georges in what was a difficult away fixture in the Strand. Despite a number of injuries, the players had the mindset to dig deep to ensure victory and, if one is honest,  they did make it difficult for themselves by not being more accurate when try-scoring opportunities were there for the taking. In what must be regarded as an upset, the U20As surprisingly lost their unbeaten record and, if ever it was a case of not “turning up” for the match, this was the one. Competitive sport is always about focus and if you are not “in the zone” you end up losing.
This Saturday we are off to the Green Mile to play our away fixture against UCT. It will be pleasing to renew the special sporting rivalry between the two clubs who have over the years enjoyed a unique relationship with so many UCT players moving on to Villagers after their university years. I’m sure Uncle Geoff Gray will be “looking down” at the match with a huge smile of satisfaction. The matches will be as follows :
16:00 1XV
14:40 2XV
13:20 U20A
Having mentioned Geoff Gray, there will be a lunch of The Grays in the clubhouse on Friday 24 August 2018 at 12:30 for 13:00. The cost of the lunch will be R120 and you are kindly asked to wear your club tie. There will be a guest speaker(s) – to be confirmed – so diarise the date and come along and enjoy the cameraderie of fellow Villagers. Should you wish to attend please contact this office on 021-6831282 or George Snowball on 0814436584 by Tuesday 21 August 2018.
With Rassie Erasmus having announced his Springbok squad for the Rugby Championship expectations are again high amongst the SA rugby public. However, it must be expected that New Zealand will again be the pace-setters as was evident in the Super Rugby Final. The New Zealanders just seem to prepare so much better as was seen against the Lions who up to the Final had scored 21 tries from lineout mauls. The Crusaders planned so well to negate that try-scoring weapon that it was not a factor on the day. The New Zealanders are very much an intelligent rugby nation, but that does not mean that the Springboks cannot again stand up and be counted. Just look at the success of our Blitsbokke!
It is amazing to think that there is less than 2 months of club rugby left and then we are in the last quarter of the year. The months have flown by and we as a club have had so many challenges to face in what has been an extraordinary rugby season. The future remains a challenge, but the club has a steely leadership led by Anton Chait, Gerhard Witte and the Main Committee who are all too aware of the meaning and importance of the year 1876.
Weather-wise, after a relatively dry July, let this cold, wet snap continue for August. Just wrap up warmly and enjoy the Cape winter weather!
Kind regards.
Rob Wagner.