Villagers claim derby scalp

THE Land Rover Durban-Hillcrest Villagers Rugby Club’s 1st and 2nd XV’s have now ascended to the top of the 2017 KZNRU first division and first division reserve as they claimed another two vital wins at the weekend.

The Hillcrest outfit took on the Westville Old Boys at the Jimmy Bellows Sports Grounds in Westville on Saturday afternoon. The cold afternoon and the constant downpour saw both sides suffer numerous handling errors as a result of the wet ball.

The Villagers 2nd XV ground out to a tough and hard-fought 5 – 3 score.

Handling errors were aplenty and numerous penalties were awarded against the visiting side that put them under immense pressure to defend. Coach, Jarred Chiochetti, was pleased with the win. The man of the match (forwards) went to Mark and Ruan Taljaard (backs).

The Villagers 1st XV got off to a rocky start as WOB drew first blood with a well worked try. It was also the first try of the season scored against the Villagers.

The visitors were very slow to settle down, but towards the end of the first half their well rehearsed combos came alive.

Despite suffering an unwelcome injury to long-serving Villagers playmaker, Tommy Bezuidenhout, the second half demonstrated the big match temperament of this hugely disciplined side.

WOB stood their ground ferociously, but the Villagers were the ultimate winners on the day, with a well-deserved 35 – 12 victory.

Head coach, Mike de Kock, and assistant coach, Taffy Gutu, were elated with their win and, as yet, unbeaten record.

At the post match address, the Westville Old Boys’ head coach, Lawrence Payne, was highly complementary of the Villagers wins and wished the club well in its remaining fixtures for the season.

The 1st XV man of the match for forwards was Stefan vd Westhuizen and Andre Fourie for backs.

On Friday night, at their home grounds, Turaco Energy HVRC 3rd XV suffered a narrow 19-0 loss to Harlequins 3rd XV.

Despite the loss, the club’s stalwart and skipper, Pete Dennison, felt that his side was not outclassed, but rather outplayed on the night, and said the team were looking forward to their return games.


Lloyd Mackenzie

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