Villagers are CHAMPS

2015-09-01 06:00
Photo: Chris Howes 
Seen are Colin Paterson (coach), Jeremy McLaren (coach) and Kyle “spowie” Spowart (captain) celebrating the awarding of the Junior Murray Cup Trophy.

Photo: Chris Howes Seen are Colin Paterson (coach), Jeremy McLaren (coach) and Kyle “spowie” Spowart (captain) celebrating the awarding of the Junior Murray Cup Trophy.

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LAND Rover Durban-Hillcrest Villagers RC first and second XV teams competed in the Castle Murray Cup Finals held at Crusaders RC in Durban North on Saturday afternoon.

Villagers 2nd XV were up against Harlequins 2nd XV for the Keith Parkenson Cup.

The game got off to a cracking pace with the Villagers side showing its discipline and skills at set pieces. Despite being outweighed, the Villagers scrum showed its competitiveness.

The boys from the Crest repeatedly attacked the Quins tryline eventually paying dividend with a well deserved try from club stalwart Gavin Muir, with a conversion from Justyn Eben .

The second half saw Hillcrest creep within three points of Quins following a penalty from Eben. It was sadly not to be with a late unconverted and#034;run against the playand#034; try from Quins sealing a 18-10 win for the Bluff-based side.

In the junior Castle Murray Cup final, Villagers came head to head with old rivals, Richards Bay, in a match to decide on the top spot of the KZN first division sides.

In the first half Hillcrest raced into a lead with a flurry of tries, with the second half of the game turning into a nail-biting cliff-hanger. Richards Bay threw all their might at Villagers, but the intensity only brought out the best in the upper Highway outfit, with an eventual and triumphant 33-25 deserved win. Tries: Hayden van der Mewe (2) Tommy Bezuidenhout, Kyle Spowart and Mitch Coe. Conversions: Coe (4)

In the presentation ceremony, the KZNRUand#039;S Schalk Liebenberg praised Villagers on their win noting that they had won the prestigious Knockout Cup, four times since its inception.

After the match, a jubilant Villagersand#039; Skipper, Kyle and#034;Spowieand#034; Spowart, heaped praises on his troops, on a hard fought and well deserved win. - Supplied

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