2015-06-16 06:00

THE Land Rover Durban Hillcrest Villagers 1st and 2nd XV teams travelled to Sydenham on last weekend to play Log leaders Fidelity Security Jaguars.

In the opening match Villagers 2nd team started strongly using their big forwards to dominate their smaller but faster opponents. Opening the scoring after some excellent lineout drives to lead 7-0. Jaguars fought back almost immediately running the ball in their inimitable fashion but Villagers defence held strong until an overload on the right saw their winger go over in the corner. 7-5. The match was living up to expectations and it was Villagers who started to dominate scoring a great try after some very good phases of play. Converted again the score was 14-5 at half time.

The second half swung in favour of Jaguars then play moved backwards and forwards as both teams fought for the precious win.

With 10 minutes left Jaguars applied pressure keeping Villagers pinned in their half although an excellent break out saw Villagers stream down the pitch inter passing into the Jaguars 22 only to throw a 50-50 pass which resulted in turn over and Jaguars working their way back to apply pressure on the tiring Villagers defence who finally succumbed to a Jaguars running move that saw them score and convert to lead for the first time 14-17. Villagers threw everything at Jaguars in the last three minutes but they stood strong and finished the stronger to deserve their win.

Our 1st XV went up against Jaguars who have had an undefeated season this far. While the men from Hillcrest were building on a head of steam after a slow start to their campaign with four successive wins in a row.

The game proved to be an intense highlight of the quality of rugby the first division has to offer. Jaguars quickly set the pace of the game and scored within the first five minutes after­ turn over ball and the bounce of the ball going in favor of the home team.

With Jaguars having the bigger of the packs they dominated the set pieces which suited the men from Hillcrest game plan to take on the undefeated home team and scored a brilliant try through Stephan Bothma who converted also.

Another brilliant try from Hillcrest backline man of the match Gerhard Botha which was unconverted saw the men from Hillcrest take a 12-7 lead. Jaguars clearly felt the fight being taken to them by taking the points rather than the expected tap and go they usually deploy.

Both sides threw everything at each other and traded penalties which saw Hillcrest leading 18-13.

With seconds left on the clock Jaguars, who had been camped in Hillcrestand#039;s 22, eventually broke the defense and the hearts of the men from Hillcrest and scored but were unable to convert leaving the scores tied at 18-18.

Man of the match of the forwards went to Wesley Volek who returned to his preferred position of hooker.

Hillcrest now have a deserved bye before taking on Ballito Dolphins away on 20 June while Stephan Bothma, Gerhard Botha and Tommy Bezuidenhout­ will be in action for the DRSU Bisons over the weekend.

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