Violets on rugby cloud nine

2017-05-16 06:01
Abdullah Jacobs of Surrey Estate Rangers (left) is on the charge with Fuad Fortune of Violets trying in vain to stop him in a Super League B match played at Surrey Estate on Saturday. Violets came out tops in the Derby beating the home team 34-23.

Abdullah Jacobs of Surrey Estate Rangers (left) is on the charge with Fuad Fortune of Violets trying in vain to stop him in a Super League B match played at Surrey Estate on Saturday. Violets came out tops in the Derby beating the home team 34-23. (Rashied Isaacs)

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Violets are on cloud nine after their derby win against Surrey Estate Rangers on Saturday.

The 33-23 result was their first win of the season which moves them out of the bottom of the log after four games. Rangers who has a good winning record at their home ground were stunned after two minutes into the match when Taalieb Johnson, the pacy winger of Violets, jotted down for one of his three tries in the game. Rangers took up the challenge by giving the ball air from deep in their half leading to numerous scoring opportunities. One of these resulted in a try by flyhalf Tashreeq Bester who followed up his tactical kick to score in the corner.

Violets scored two more tries against the run of play to lead 17-16 at half-time.

The large crowd of supporters got much of the same dose of running rugby in the second half with Hishaam Samaai and Faeez Charles working their socks off for Rangers in broken play. They were equally matched by Fuad Fortune and Mee Kaa -Eel Hartley of Violets who stood out in defence and attack. The home team was left with a mountain to climb after three more tries for Violets by Junaid Karriem, Taalib Johnsone and Omar Daniels, giving them a 33-16 lead in the 70th minute. Bester would add some respectability to the score with his second try of the match for Rangers before the final whistle. Rangers never gave up and their tough day on the field was largely due to unforced errors during the game. As for Violets, their determination made the victory sweet especially after the poor start to the season they endured.

“Violets were always going to be a danger coming into the game with their backs against the wall, but we simply made too many unforced errors which they capitalised on and were deserved winners,” says Ebrahim Moerat, coach of Rangers.

Hats off to both community clubs for the spirit in which the game was played and providing 80 minutes of pure entertainment for the loyal fans. Both clubs have a final fixture next weekend before the break for Ramadaan.


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