Villager Voice 2018 – 036

Dear Villager

The last league fixture for Villagers was played this past Saturday at False Bay and not one Villager can quibble about the pride and effort put up by our 1XV against a team who is arguably the best non-university team in Super League A. It certainly was a great match and that last Villager try from a 22m driving maul a fantastic way to end the league season. The 1XV, on the day, in defeat did much pride for that white jersey!! Mention must be made of our Under 20A team who ended their season with a stirring and convincing victory at the Bay. Well done to the team who will end the season in third position behind the Universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch.

So where are we regarding 2019 Super League A status? It is, unfortunately, now out of our hands and whether we stay up automatically or whether we have to play in a promotion/relegation match will all depend on the result between UWC and NTK this coming Saturday. We can only wait and see!! We will certainly immediately let you know once the relevant match is completed on Saturday.

Without mentioning names (I’m sure you will be able to guess) this past Saturday again demonstrated, as a result of the actions of international sportspersons, the value of respect for your team and for your opponent. Respect should be part of a sportsperson’s DNA because it is that characteristic which defines you as truly great particularly in the way in which you are remembered after your playing days.

Well, the supporters are angry and another Springbok defeat against opponents who were not at the top of their game is difficult for the supporters to accept. No points scored in the second half because of basic errors is a huge cause for concern. The fifteen man game in South Africa is under threat and it needs a collective effort from all involved in rugby union to right the ship and sail in the right direction. But it does appear as if it will require a paradigm shift (as was undertaken and accepted way back in 1997 with professionalism) in the way in which the game is run at all levels. South Africa must always be a top 3 rugby nation!!

That’s it for now Villagers as we await Saturday’s final round of league matches with much anticipation. May you have an enjoyable week!

Kind regards.

Rob Wagner.