Plenty of cause for concern after Villagers go down to Warriors

2014-04-10 00:00

POSSESSION and territorial advantage counts for nothing on the rugby field if no points are put on the board.

That’s what befell Hillcrest Villagers’ first team as they started their Division One league campaign at the weekend with a trip to Port Shepstone to meet South Coast Warriors.

They returned to their headquarters at the Durban Shongweni Club with a 17-0 defeat to their name and plenty of cause for thought and concern.

“Heading south to play Warriors is akin to the Sharks travelling to Kimberley to take on Griquas. It’s never easy and once again, we found that out to our detriment,” said Villagers chairperson Rene Missen.

Although Villagers arrived for the fixture with players carrying some pre-season injuries, plus a batch of new and different player combinations, they knew what they were up against and have no excuses for the loss.

“It was a frustrating game to watch,” said Missen. “There was a three-try blitz against us in the first 20 minutes which obviously rattled us, but we soon settled and spent virtually the remainder of the game in their half, unable to make our huge territorial and possession advantage into points.

“The lads were awesome but the scoreboard tells the story — no points.”

It wasn’t all doom and gloom for Villagers though as the seconds came away with the points after a tough 12-5 win.

The Villagers’ next match is today, at 8 pm, against UKZN, at Howard College campus in Durban. The seconds kick off at 6.30 pm.

Missen and the club expressed their thanks and appreciation to Landrover Durban and Envirosan for renewing their sponsorship for the season and supporting local club rugby.

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