Tough and tight encounter for Villagers

2016-04-05 06:00

LAND Rover Durban-Hillcrest Villagers RC were hosted on Friday night by PMB Collegians rugby club at their home grounds at Woodburn Stadium, in Pietermaritzburg, in the first round of the 2016 KZNRU First Division.

In the opening game PMB Collegians 2nd XV were the first to post a score, but as the Villagers outfit slowly but surely started to gel, so too did their eventual dominance of the game.

It was a tough and tight encounter, with Villagers’ chairman Nic Tyler playing a captain’s innings, and the Hillcrest lads ultimately beating the home side 13-11. The try scorer was Philip Calitz, with Justyn Ebben slotting three penalties and a conversion. Tyler and Ebben were awarded men of the match.

In the main match of the evening, Villagers and PMB Collegians 1st XV’s went head to head and competed for every inch of territory on the Woodburn pitch.

The game “yo-yo’d” in both territory and possession, for 80 minutes. An amazing, and hugely physically resolute defense from the visitors saw Villagers defend their second half lead, with a resulting 19-13 win.

Try scorers were Brandon Waugh and Wade Windell, with “speedster” Alex Klewinghaus kicking three penalties. Klewinghaus won the “tackle of the evening” award, whilst Wesley Volek and Mat Hill won the men of the match award.

The win was particularly sweet for new Villagers head coach Mike de Kock who praised both teams for their double win away from home.

The Land Rover Durban Hillcrest Villagers 1st and 2nd XV play Westville Old Boys this Friday evening at the Jimmy Bellows Ground, in Westville. The Envirosan Hillcrest Villagers 3rd XV play Toti 3rd XV at home at the Durban Shongweni grounds on Friday night at 7pm in the opening round of the KZNRU 4th Division Fowden Bowl.

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