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Exciting rugby played at Bobbies’ open day

Bobbies and Pirates played for the Thulane Hendel Trophy


The rugby fields at the Johannesburg Police rugby club (Bobbies) saw their first game action when the club hosted it first games of the season.

The day’s activities started early in the morning, with some of the local schools entertaining the crowd with exciting sevens rugby. “The quality of rugby played was very good, if you take into account that it is still very early in the season and the teams did not have a lot of time to prepare,” said Jason du Toit, the club’s chairman.

Hoërskool Bastion’s senior and U/15 teams were the ultimate winners on the day, both winning their respective age groups.

The day did not only see men’s teams competing against each other, but women’s teams were present as well. Clubs that participated on the day, included University of Johannesburg (UJ), Kagiso, Wanderers, Gauteng Police, Pirates, Soweto Eagles 1 and 2, as well as the Correctional Service’s Knights.

According to Jason, the quality of the women’s rugby was very good. “The women put on a great display of rugby and have shown that women’s rugby in South Africa is on the rise, and some of the players really played well enough to be considered for the South African women’s team,” he said.

The main game on the day was between Bobbies and Pirates, who competed for the Thulane Hendel Trophy. Jason explained, “The two clubs play against each other on an annual basis in memory of an old Bobbies and Pirates player.”

The first game between these two clubs kicked off under the new lights, and from the kick-off both teams gave it their all. Pirates drew first blood when they scored an early try, but Bobbies’ flyhalf – Renier Wiessener – answered by scoring a majestic try.

“Bobbies really gave it their all, but when Pirates sent on their replacements 20 minutes into the second half, the tired Bobbies players could not keep up and went down 37–13,” said Jason.

Kyle Rhodes was awarded the Man of the Match for the Pirates team, while Francois Fourie was the Bobbies’ Man of the Match. “He showed what he is really capable off, and we are very excited for the upcoming season,” Jason said.

The next game will be played on 17 March against the Kempton Wolwe.

Anyone who would like to join the club, or get more information, can contact Jason on 082 850 1344 or by sending an email to Jason.4d@telkomsa.net.

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