14 Aug 2019
Day 12 & 13

The final two days of tour saw a lot of action. The early morning game drive tracked down some of Kariega's hippopotamus, including the park's dominant male who had been responsible for the death of another hippo, the carcass of whom was still by the roadside not too far away. After checking out it was ok to Port Elizabeth for a session of touch rugby on the waterfront and then it was time to say goodbye to the boys as they linked up with their host families from Grey High School PE. By all accounts the tourists took much from their time in South African homestays and not just those who managed to swap King's clothing for Grey's through canny bartering. Early next morning the whole squad trained in Grey's impressive 1st XV pitch before lunch at the Boardwalk. Not too long after lunch it was time to prepare against what promised to be the toughest fixtures of the tour. So it proved to be, as Grey's fielded sides composed of current and prospective First-team players whose physicality and skill were even more apparent than at Rondebosch. The King's teams both put up a lot of fight but we're simply overpowered and two very heavy defeats told the story of the afternoon. A privilege, though, to play at the historic St George's Park complex, site of the first ever Rugby Test match between England and South Africa. After the match it was back to the homestays for the final night before saying goodbyes and preparing for the long flight home in the morning. The boys have made excellent progress this tour and did themselves proud, although results did not go our way. Hopefully momentum will be sustained for a successful beginning to the regular season in September.