Villagers keeping the momentum with two wins vs Durban Mets

2016-06-14 06:00
 Photo: Kerrith Howes  Sheldon Phillips retains position cleaning out at a ruck.

Photo: Kerrith Howes Sheldon Phillips retains position cleaning out at a ruck.

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LAND Rover Durban-Hillcrest Villagers Rugby Club were away to Durban Mets on Saturday.

The Villager’s second team pulled off a convincing win against their hosts Durban Mets. After an evenly contested first 20 minutes, the visitors established a dominance that was to be the hallmark of the game.
Some crucial errors and spirited defense kept Hillcrest on its toes for the duration of the game with Mets eager and able to capatalise on any opportunity. Ultimately, however, the 2nd Team "Reapers" proved too skillful and strong for Mets and the game ended in a 64-12 victory for the visitors. Man of the match went to Chaise Mclaughlin (forwards) and Phillip Calitz­ (backline)
Villagers 1sts faced a much improved and more determined Mets 1st XV in comparison to the first round encounter. Hillcrest, with sights firmly set on a top spot at league's end were not rattled and dominated from the first whistle. Notable performances from hooker Sheldon Phillips and fly half Jason De Bruyn ensured that points were scored at regular intervals throughout the game with Hillcrest crossing the white-wash on 10 occasions.
Three tries from scrumhalf Gerhard­ Botha and a brace from Captain­ Courageous, Brian Lewis negated the difficulty that the strong wind imposed on the kickers.
Tries a piece for the dynamic duo of Alex Klewinghaus and Wade Windell, as well as tries from Brandon Waugh, Mat Hill and replacement Jarred Ground rounded out an emphatic victory for Hillcrest Villagers, ending the game 56-22 victors.
Man of the match went to Sheldon Phillips (forwards) and Dolfie Brits (backline)
After a short recovery, Hillcrest now set their sights on Harlequins who travel from the Bluff on Wednesday night to play at the Durban Shongweni Club.
Kick offs are 7pm for the 2nd and 8.30pm for the 1st team.
- Nic Tyler.

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