Perse Rugby take on the Afrikaners’ during South Africa Tour
Sixty-two boys and seven staff embarked on an 18 day trip of a lifetime to South Africa, starting in Pretoria and the North West Provinces before heading South through KwaZulu-Natal and finishing in Durban.
Three sides played four fixtures each over the duration of the tour, with all matches closely contested in the rugby-mad country. Highlight on field was the 1st XV coming back to win 26-24 against powerhouse Maritzburg College in the final match of the tour.
The real highlight off-field was the game drive/safari at Bakubung Lodge in Pilanesberg, where at one stage we were surrounded by a herd of elephants and also saw black rhino and lions.
Off-field activities included visiting the Apartheid museum in Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela capture site in Howick, Battlefields tour of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, a shark dissection at the shark board in Umhlanga and the Valley of the waves water park at Sun City.
“South Africa is such a wonderful place to tour – The rugby really is second to none. The Afrikaners’ competitiveness on the pitch is matched only by their hospitality off it and there were huge crowds at all of the games. Away from the pitch, the boys got to take in the rich culture, geography and history of the country which I think was really eye opening and interesting for them. Hopefully we’ve fulfilled the promise of a trip of a lifetime!” Liam St John, Head of Rugby.