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Enfield Ignatians have returned from their summer tour to South Africa which was 'everything we expected and more'
10:00am Thursday 29th August 2013 in Sport
It’s been a summer to remember for Enfield Ignatians as the club embarked on its biggest and most ambitious tour.
The destination chosen was South Africa and the touring party of 63, including several from the junior section, enjoyed the experience.
The six match tour yielded two wins from six games with the highlights being the senior team’s 22-12 win over Kraainfontein and the colts' 19-10 victory against Durbanville.
Club president Martin Baker said: “As one of senior players commented ‘South Africa was everything we expected and more’. The touring party had a great time and we played some really tough opposition, as some of the sides feed into the top South African sides, in some great facilities.
“One area which was particularly eye-opening was how refereeing interpretations differ in the Southern Hemisphere. In one of our games, the policing of the ruck area was liberal to say the least as players were repeatedly coming off their feet and not getting pinged.
“We’ve been to visit some great places such as Table Mountain and Robben Island as well as go shark diving. Beyond the bare bones of the results, it proved a great bonding exercise and was particularly successful in bringing the senior and junior sections of the club together.
“There were some excellent performances on the fields. Stand-outs included Tom Killey, David Gear (best junior player) and former colts Aaron Doe and Luke Stack. It was certainly a tour to remember.”
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