One week in and half way through their tour, the boys were able to celebrate two excellent game results against Glenwood House School, George on Thursday. The U16 team dominated from the outset and proved too strong and fast for the host side. The game was Won in the first half and despite an impressive resurgence by Glenwood in the second, the boys closed the game down nicely with some outstanding defensive work and tackling. Final score 0-43 with Daniel Johnston named Man of the Match.
The U19s put on a similarly impressive display. Dominating physically they took the game to Glenwood and soon start to accrue points on the board. Glenwood fought back well and did manage to get over the line but the ERGS boys, boosted with the arrival of some of their U16 colleagues, were just too good at exploiting holes in their defence, keeping the ball alive and finding the space to put points on the board. Final Score 7-29. Man of the match going to Neil Rutledge.
Following a successful afternoon on the pitch we then travelled to the Garden Route Game Lodge for a our game drives. The landscape in this region is phenomenal and the boys were able to get incredibly close to the animals in the capable hands of the rangers, including the ‘Big 5’. They also experienced a bit of 5* luxury during their overnight stay at the lodge.
On Saturday we then travelled to the Wilderness region with a stop at the Cango wildlife reserve, where a guided tour explained the extent of conservation work they are involved in and the boys even got a chance to get quite up close and personal with a few of the reserve’s residents.
Sunday was a little more relaxed with the squad being put through some early morning beach training followed by a Lagoon Cruise on the Knysnar river Estuary.. its a tough life !!
We now head back to Cape Town for week two. With 2 more games on the horizon and a trek to the summit of Table Mountain planned for Tuesday, it promises to be another unforgettable week.