Villager Voice 2018 – 032

Dear Villager

Four matches to go and now the pressure for league points is huge!!! The teams at the top are clear cut with the Maties currently on the rampage. But it’s at the bottom of the log where the real fight is taking place and every week is now about a point(s). The Villager 1XV’s character will now be challenged to the n’th degree and we will see just how they stand up to what is a “pressure cooker” situation.

And talking about a challenge, it cannot be more difficult than this Saturday when we entertain the Maties at Brookside. However, life is about character-building, facing challenges head on, knowing yourself and never giving up. So we welcome the Maties to Brookside and it will indeed be, as always, a pleasure to host their famous club. The matches for this Saturday 25 August will be as follows :

A Field 1XV 16h00.

A Field 2XV 14h40.

A Field U20A 13h20.

This Friday 24 August at 12h30 for 13h00 the Grays will be hosting a lunch in the clubhouse. The guest speakers will be Chris Dry and James Murphy – 2 players from the incredible Blitsbokke, the 2018 Sevens World Champions. It should be fascinating to get an insight into the world of international sevens rugby and also just what makes the Blitsbokke such a special team on the sevens international stage. All are welcome to attend and the cost of the lunch is R120. Should you wish to attend please contact this office on 021-6831282 or George Snowball on 0814436584.

The 50th consecutive Villager Schools Sevens tournament will be staged at Brookside next Friday 31 August 2018 starting at 14h00. What an incredible story for the Villager FC and who would have thought way back then (Wynberg Boys High won the first tournament) that sevens rugby would go on to take the rugby world by storm and even become an Olympic sport!! Old boys from Bishops, SACS, Rondebosch Boys and Wynberg Boys will be in sevens action on Thursday 30 August at 18h30 at Brookside as a forerunner to the schools tournament the next day.

Is there something stirring with the Springboks under Rassie Erasmus? They certainly did look good at times against Argentina and the traditional strength of powerful forwards is being embraced – Mtawarira, Marx, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Etzebeth, Thomas du Toit are big, athletic, bruising forwards. And there is serious pace and finishers on the outside with Dyanti, Mapimpi and the injured Nkosi. There are still big games ahead that will give a better indication of where this Bok team are in terms of progress, but there certainly is focus and intent on the part of this group of players.

Rugby is now in full swing again for apart from club rugby we have the Rugby Championship, Currie Cup, provincial Under 21 and 19 competitions all now having commenced. Not to mention the northern hemisphere rugby that is about to kick off! It’s simply overload, but thankfully one can be selective and your DSTV decoder can also do wonderful things to assist!!

Have a great week and pop down to Villagers on Saturday as it is always a great pleasure to see you visiting Brookside.

Kind regards.

Rob Wagner.