08 Aug 2019
Day 8

Today we got up and about early for a training session at Oudsthoorn High School's pitches. It was a successful session with plenty of positives to reflect upon before the afternoon's game. We then headed to Cango Caves, an ancient system that was used by prehistoric man as settlements before being rediscovered in the 18th Century by Dutch explorers. From the 1960's until the 1990's the main chamber was used for musical performances. The atmosphere must have been quite something. Our guide was knowledgeable and dealt with the boys very well indeed; she commanded respect. After the visit to the caves it was lunchtime followed by preparations for the third tour match. With Oudsthoorn High having cancelled, we had been extremely fortunate to be able to arrange a match against Bridgton Secondary School. The opposition was an unknown quantity, with scant information available online. They hosted us extremely generously and quite a few supporters had gathered in the stands. King's played some great phases of Rugby. Big hits, strong carries and direct running were facets of both the 1st and 2nd touring teams. Bridgton had a secret weapon for which King's had little answer: electric pace. The locals had boys faster than any of the coaches had seen in any schoolboy team. When we played close, we made serious ground but this opposition capitalised on every error and ran in numerous tries. In the end, the 2nd team lost 43-34 and the 1st team lost 50-5. As ever on this tour, the spirit of the game was strong and the opposition enthusiastic and respectful hosts. The boys now have a few days of recuperation before the final tour game in Port Elizabeth.