The result against the Kings on the weekend was not only a record win for the club, it was also a fantastic way to cap off a thoroughly enjoyable two weeks in South Africa.
The time away proved to be beneficial not only in terms of for five competition points but also from a team bonding point of view. There were some good times had off the field and many of the younger guys in the squad like Ben Volavola and Will Skelton got to experience South Africa for the first time. I’m sure they’re looking forward to their next opportunity of travelling abroad with the team.
In addition to regular meat sweats from eating out most nights, the group was also able to take part in some fantastic off-field experiences, such as the chance to see the local wildlife on safari, surf the famous break at Jeffreys Bay (J-Bay) outside Port Elizabeth and play a few rounds of golf on some of the continent’s finest courses.
As a side note, Tom Carter proved to be the best tourist in terms of energy and humour although most of the time we found ourselves laughing at him, not with him.
After travelling home on Monday the boys have now had a couple of days to get over the jet lag, freshen up and focus on what we anticipate to be a challenging match against the Stormers in front of our home fans. Although we’re looking maintain the attacking focus we showed in the Kings game, we’re aware that the Stormers’ defence will be a step up from last week so we can’t be complacent.
Ahead of Saturday’s game we’re encouraging all of our fans to help celebrate the game of rugby in New South Wales by getting down to Allianz Stadium for Community Round. To celebrate the grassroots game in NSW we’ll be running out in our unique Community Jerseys which will be up for auction after the game as we try to raise $50,000 for junior rugby.
Bring it on!