Villager Voice 2018 – 034

Dear Villager

The 1XV put up a brave fight against the Maties this past Saturday and one could not have asked for more. The team played as one and the commitment was at times quite brave. Now 3 matches remain – Victorians, NTK and False Bay (all away) – and every point that we can secure will be vital as the season draws to a close.

What was quite special against the Maties was the 17 – 15 victory of the U20As. This team has at times during the season played superb rugby and this past Saturday they dug deep to secure a wonderful, never-to-be-forgotten victory. Well done chaps!!

It must be said that Saturday’s matches against the Maties and the aftermatch festivities in the club was a magnificent advert for club rugby. A wonderful spirit and cameraderie prevailed between the 2 clubs and the Maties’ players stayed on for many hours after the 1XV match. Many of them, officials and players,  thanked us for a great day at the club and the Maties’ can be proud of the image that they portray – a truly great club.

This past Friday we hosted a Grays lunch which was well-attended by the members. The highlight was the insight provided by Chris Dry and James Murphy, 2 Blitsbokke, into the world of international sevens rugby. It became quite clear that the humility and respect shown by these 2 players has a direct bearing on the outstanding success of the Blitsbokke. They take nothing for granted, they work incredibly hard for each other, they believe in giving and they care. It was a most interesting afternoon and gave all present an even greater appreciation of the Blitsbokke and of international sevens rugby.

Well, it’s back to earth for Springbok rugby after a dismal performance against Argentina. One could not believe that it was virtually the same team that played a week before in Durban. Poor passing, dropped balls, missed chances, poor scrumming, missed tackles, poor goalkicking – all in one game!! And now Australasia awaits where it will be even more difficult. We can pick it up, we can win, we can turn it around – it’s just the how?

That’s it for this week then. As pointed out in a previous newsletter, don’t forget the Old Boys Sevens on Thursday 30 August and the School Sevens on Friday 31 August at Villagers. Come on down to Brookside and enjoy some fun.

Kind regards.

Rob Wagner.