Villager Voice 2019 – 045

Dear Villager

This coming weekend a group of 30 Villager players will attend a training camp at the Saggy Stone farm in Robertson. After the success of our visit to the farm last year, Saggy Stone upon request have again kindly offered their facilities to Villagers. The weekend provides the perfect opportunity for team building and also for the players to break into groups to debate and then collectively formulate the culture, philosophy and objectives for the 2019 season. In this way it is not a situation where the Management Committee or the coaches dictate, but rather the case where the players realistically determine and decide on the season’s pathway. The weekend will, obviously, also involve strenuous and challenging on-field physical activity as the players prepare for their first friendly match against Helderberg in 3 weeks time (Saturday 9 March – away).

What a disappointment the first, much-anticipated Stormers league match turned out to be. With much depth and top Springboks to challenge the best of teams, the team did not in any way trouble the Bulls nor the scoreboard. It was a one-sided north vs south derby and one anticipated the match to go down to the wire. It is not to say that the Stormers were expected to win as the Bulls have a good team this year and Loftus is always a difficult away venue, but it was expected that the team would be competitive and that the Bulls would have had to be very good on the day to clinch a win!  And now the Lions, after their very good away win against the Jaguares, are the next opponents. Can the Stormers bounce back??

However, the Maties did manage to rescue the honour of Western Province rugby by beating Tuks in Pretoria in their Varsity Cup match on Monday night. Despite being disrupted by injuries during the match, the Maties team just never gave up and displayed so much guts to walk away victorious. Matches such as these do so much for team spirit and the team will now be even closer in their chase for the silverware.

The match of the weekend must be Wales vs England in Cardiff on Saturday. After their impressive 2 wins to date in the Six Nations, if England can beat Wales away from home then they will put up their hands as a team to beat in the Rugby World Cup later this year.

In closing, please note that the Super League A season will commence on Saturday 6 April 2019. Villagers will open their campaign with a home match against NTK at Brookside followed by an away match against Tygerberg the following Saturday. Let’s all make the effort to support our men-in-white on 6 April – the players need and do appreciate your attendance – as a great crowd atmosphere and a win in the opening match will set the tone for the matches to follow.

Kind regards.