Villager Voice 2019 – 047

Dear Villager
What a difference a week makes! After the highs from last week’s clean sweep for the Club teams against NTK, this past Saturday ended with a whitewash at Ravensmead against a very strong Tygerberg Club.

Played in front of a very large crowd due to there being two U20 Internationals games played as curtain raisers to the First XV game, Tygerberg First XV ran the Villager side ragged in the first half running up 31 unanswered points. Thankfully the second half proved a much closer affair with each side scoring a converted try to make the final score 38 – 7. An interesting point to come out of the game was that the first penalty awarded to Villagers came in the 48th minute. Quite a feat in modern day rugby for a team not to commit any form of indiscretion for that length of time?

The results for the afternoon were as follows:

U20Lost12 – 29
3rd XVLost12 – 20
2nd XVLost17 – 38
1st XVLost7 – 38

As the season moves along it is vital that the team collect as many points as possible. If it looks as if the game will be lost to a stronger team, every effort should be made to score four tries or lose by seven points or less to gain the important bonus point. A win of course would be ideal.

With the Easter long weekend upon us and a bye the following Saturday the next Club fixture is on Saturday the 4th May, at home to Victorians. All teams will be playing.

The Stormers surprised all and sundry on Friday morning. Without most of their “Big Name” players’ produced a performance which we hope will set a standard for their eight remaining games of which six are to be played at Newlands. To beat the Reds 41 – 24 was most satisfying and prevented a tour white wash.

A team which all South African rugby supporters can be proud of are the Blitzbokke. How those small of stature but big with heart and guts manage to beat the likes of Samoa, USA and Fiji all in one day in oppressing humidity in Singapore is amazing. Maybe Future Life does work! The team is now well placed in fourth position on the overall log with the top four after the next two events, London and Paris, automatically qualifying for the 2020 Olympics.

A gentle reminder that we are badgering you for your 2019 Club subs, R500.00. Please make contact with Kim du Plessis or Dave Edwards who will gladly arrange for you to get your membership card which allows to receive a decent discount on all food and beverages in the restaurant and bar for all paid members. A big thank you to all of you who have paid.

To those members, there are a few, who are running / walking the Two Oceans on Saturday good luck and let’s hope for ideal weather conditions. To think that this year marks the 50th running of the event which for most of that time, was organised by a dedicated few Villager stalwarts who really put the race onto the world calendar and made it what it is today.

Please note that the Saggy Stone Restaurant and Pub will be closed from Friday 19 April until and including Monday 22 April. We will be open again on Tuesday 23 April at 8h00.

Kind Regards

Villager FC Rugby