South Africa Rugby Tour 2018
28 July 2018
Returns: 10 August 2018
Staff member in charge
Mr Don Caskie
On 29 July 2018, 64 Dollar rugby players and 8 staff members travelled to South Africa for two weeks of competition with school teams in and around Cape Town.
As well as training and matches, the group will enjoy local hospitality and explore some of the regions's iconic landscapes.
Read the blog below to keep up-to-date with their travels.
After a long trip we finally touched down in South Africa. The journey was a great experience for the boys as they learned many life lessons including not to leave important documents lying around! Teamwork saved the day however and we all made it to SA safely and are looking forward to a chilled evening at our hotel in Stellenbosch.
Visit to Langa Township
The touring party visited Langa Township today. The guides took the boys around their community where they gained a unique insight into the challenges of day to day life in the Township.
Lunch in Langa
After the tour of the Township, the boys were treated to a traditional Langa meal whilst uplifting and rhythmical African music. Some of the boys were chosen to join the band on stage.
The boys trained at False Bay RFC today before the first match of the tour against Wynberg Boys School.
After the first night in the billets, the tour moves on to the Somerset Cheetah sanctuary. At the sanctuary the boys were given a guided tour before getting close up to the Cheetahs and the coffee counter.
Wynberg Boys School v Dollar Academy
After a relaxed morning with the Cheetahs, then we headed to Wynberg Boys School for the first games of the tour.
The U16s played well but were overpowered by the large opposition. The result finished in Wynbergs favour but both teams enjoyed a tough contest and departed with new friendships.
The Second XV defended valiantly and showed sparks of attacking magic but could not take advantage when in possession. Unfortunately, Wynberg took their chances and proved too strong for Dollar.
After first the round of matches, the U16s and Second XV coaching teams were upbeat and looking forward to the next set of fixtures at Hawston School.
Wynberg Boys School v DollarAcademy First XV
Dollar started well and scored in the opening minutes through Dougal Sands. However, after a Dollar error Wynberg levelled moments later. The match was a tight contest throughout but fatigue from Dollar and individual efforts from Wynberg pushed the home side ahead. The boys continued to play expansive rugby throughout the match and Dollar's running game was rewarded with a superb team try with Daniel Robins rounding off what must be an early contender for try of the season!
Despite the loss, the boys showed huge promise throughout the match and were looking forward to their next game in Hawston.
After a few sharp intakes of breath getting into the wetsuits, the touring party had a fantastic day at the Surf Emporium.
The superb instructors managed to get every participant standing and riding the waves on their surf board, some for longer than others, but everyone had a great time. Many thanks must be given to the Capetown Surf Emporium for their energy and patience and for providing the perfect post-match rehab activity!!
For the video of todays events please visit: Surf Emporium Muizenburg Facebook page.
Dinner on the Waterfront
After checking into our Hotel, the teams travelled to Waterfront for their evening meal. Upon arrival we took adavantage of the beautiful sunset.
Flying through the sky's
Today the tour travelled deep into Capetown's mountain range to Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve for the Cape Canopy Tour.
After a quick safety talk the boys were zipping through the nature reserve on wires over one hundred metres from the ground.
Big thank you must be gven to the instructors at Cape Canopy Tours who made the experience unforgettable.
Road to Hawston
After an early rise the touring party enjoyed the incredible views whilst travelling to Hawston for the second round of fixtures of the tour.
Hawston School v Dollar Academy
Match Day Two
Hawston was a very different prospect compared with Wynberg. They played a quicker and less structured style of rugby and looked to use their natural pace and agility to attack from anywhere on the pitch. As a result matches were fast-paced, high-scoring and exciting.
The U16s went down 3 tries to 8, the 2nds lost by 4 tries to 8 and the 1sts won 32-7.
This morning we travelled to the Goededacht trust whose focus is on helping rural children and youths break free from the cycle of generational poverty. The boys thoroughly enjoyed playing various team games the trust kids and made friends through the medium of rugby.
Newlands Stadium Tour
Today we visited the oldest test stadium in the world and learned about its 127 years of rugby history.
Matches against Hans Moore
Hans Moore proved to be a tough test at all levels in front of their enthusiastic and vocal school support.
The U16s worked exceptionally well together at times and their attacking tempo and structure eventually enabled them to win the match in the last few minutes and were delighted with a 35-28 victory.
The 2nds continued to develop and grow as a team against strong and competitive Hans Moore opposition. Although they lost, there was much promise and they learned lessons from the match which will stand them in good stead for the season to come.
Big, aggressive and physical, the Hans Moore 1sts were keen to impress the large home support and quickly gained an early advantage in the match. The Dollar team rallied and through their high tempo evasive play in the wide channels they came very close to winning the match. Although defeated 22-19, their performance was very good for this stage of their development.
This morning we visited Ellis Park Rugby Stadium. The ground is famous for he the 1995 Rugby World Cup final where South Africa beat New Zealand.
Arrival at Mabula Game Reserve
The tour party was given a tradition Africain welcome upon arrival. After a quick lunch we prepared ourselves for the afternoon safari, with high hopes to see the ‘big five’ in action.
Safari Part 1
A phenomenal first drive with our guides in beautiful surroundings of Mabula. Many of the boys ticked off the following animals from their lists: lions, wilder beasts, zebras, rhinos, giraffes and ostrich !