DANIEL Berry scored 14 points as Victoria Park beat Cillie 19-10 in an exciting schoolboy rugby match played at the Dave Weinronk field on Saturday.
Berry had an excellent game at scrumhalf. Not only did he manage 14 points in a superb goal-kicking display but he also controlled the game well from the base of the ruck.
Cillie came out determined to stamp their authority from the first whistle and were confident their big forwards would overwhelm their smaller VP counterparts. But they were thwarted from the opening exchanges, where VP held their own in all phases.
Cillie looked to become frustrated and gave away a number of penalties for infringements at the breakdown as well as late tackle offences. But that did not detract from what turned out to be an exciting back-and-forth encounter, as both teams battled for control.
VP squandered a number of opportunities to score when their backline made handling errors.
Cillie scored the first try from a well executed backline movement near the VP line when Hazron Webber went over in the right- hand corner. Benjamin Ward converted.
Cillie increased their tally with a penalty by Ward and VP kept in touch with two Berry penalties to bring the halftime score to 10-6.
In the second half, Berry added two more penalties early in the half.
The victory was secured late in the second half when centre Bantu Johnson capitalised on an opposition error to sidestep multiple opponents en route to the goal line.
For VP, lock Julius Tatana was also impressive, putting in another massive performance on both attack and defence.
VP displayed great flair on attack and controlled the game well at the breakdown to achieve a well deserved victory.