11 Aug 2017
Match Report 1st XV v Andrew Rabie High School, Port Elizabeth.

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The warmup was set early, the sunrise created a calmness on the pitch. Nerves were embedded throughout the whole squad, oustanding chat from (el captino) aka Hazleton restored confidence in all the team members (Rory proved to be the rock of the team). And Waggers gave some inspiring motivational talks. On the whole the warmup was good and the match was expected to be as good.... however.

The match was started by the Consistent boot of Edward Dunford, which resulted in a powerful, dominant first hit by the pack.

We quickly restored possession and Jakob Madsen Jensen attempted a cheeky chip in which he gathered back and put on his boot again...for the MOTM Reece Brown to collect and score , however the relatively easy Kick was not converted. Whitgift's confidence grew and this showed to be a flaw. We put more and more points on the board Jacob Morris with powerful runs and many others to mention (Breeze).

However Andrew Rabbi were resilient and put a few points on the board.

The second half started and we were down already in a blink of an eye. Fresh replacements of the half, quickly adapted

And found their ground; however it seemed tighter competition for possession, but the structure of pre season was starting to show more. The 2nd wave of replacements really utilised their rested legs and propelled the team further and individuals started running away with tries ;successfully converted by Cadogan and occasionally by Parkes, to make the full time score 38-12

Huge respect to the boys for a fantastic and entertaining tour I wish the best for Matt Bonner who received an unfortunate injury, however this setback is another he will push through.

Rory Hazleton also need his recognition as a true leader on the pitch and a deserving his rightful captaincy for making the biggest hits yet only coming up to everyone's shoulders. I hope he recovers in time for the Esher Tournament.

I'd like to thank the coaches for the opportunity they gave me and the organisation and tolerance to keep 51 boys in check. Apart from Webby who was just another boy on tour, spending most of his time trying to find Mr Stradwicks banter, yet he made the experience some what amazing.

Huge shoutout to Mrs Kibble also for caring and putting up with Whitgift boys on and off the pitch.

South Africa its been a rollercoaster....

Thank you for an amazing experience


Joe Parkes