We started the day mid-morning to allow the boys just that little extra rest before their matches at Velddrif High School in the afternoon. We went to Langebaan Beach for a light training session, the weather was certainly what the boys were used to, cold, wet and windy.
Shortly after we visited Laguna Mall to stock up on supplies and have a spot of lunch. After the mall, we travelled to Velddrif High School to set up. The boys arrived feeling up for the games ahead but also feeling the effects of a 2 week tour.
In the first game the U16’s started well with strong carries from Mackenzie.S and Charles.B, but it was Velddrif who took their opportunities in the first half and led 12-0 at the break. The boys battled hard at the start of the second half and managed to get themselves back into the game with a penalty try being awarded for repeated infringements by the opposition. Velddrif them scored a try against the run of play, using the great speed they had out wide to regain their lead. This took the stuffing out of us and the effects of tour began to show. The boys did not give up but ultimately fell to a 38-5 defeat.
The next game was for the U17B who were up against a Velddrif invitational side that consisted of a mix of boys from the local schools. Yet again the boys started well but struggled to cope with the blistering pace of the Velddrif backs. Later in the second half RWS did begin to show some resilience with two well worked tries from Todd.R and Joe.L However, we left our resurgence a little late a the game ended 44-14 to Velddrif.
The final game was full of emotion for the U17A with some of the boys playing in their final game for RWS. The boys came firing out the blocks led by Kai.P-P and Scott.M and soon RWS took the lead with Michael.W crashing over the line with his first touch of the ball. Throughout the rest of the first half it was a great contest with both teams fighting hard to get a firm grip on the game. Velddrif responded with a great individual try from their fly half, but this sparked a aggressive reaction from RWS with Dan.R leading the charge. Before half-time RWS were then awarded a penalty try after the opposition played the scrum half at the break down to try and stop a certain try. RWS went in 12-7 up at the break.
The second half saw more of the same from both teams with Kai P-P putting in huge hits in the centre and Henry.K and Reece.M producing excellent carriers to get us on the front foot. Heading into the last 10 minutes the games was very tight with the score 21-19 to Velddrif after Rhys.M scored a superb try to get us back in the game. However, tired bodies, injuries and a missed forward pass saw the momentum swing and the home side taking the victory 40-19.
The boys headed back to the hotel with their heads held high to get ready for post-match hospitality with some of the players from Velddrif High and their Headmistress in attendance. Velddrif opened the evening with a speech from their Headmistress who was extremely grateful of Ravens Wood School coming to her small town to play rugby. After the meal, it was once again Mr Meehan who concluded the evening with tour awards.
The awards for tour are as follows:
Most Improved Player – Liam C
Player of the Tour – Kai P-P
Man of the Tour – Freddie J