RUGBY fanatics braved the weekend’s cold wet weather to watch township team U18 Young Collegians defeat English touring side U18 Plymouth College 15-10 at the Dan Qeqe Stadium.
The game was played on a slippery pitch on Saturday, which made conditions tough for handling.
Nonetheless, the home side’s flyhalf, Siyamthanda Nyalumba, got the ball rolling when he scored the opening try of the match in the 25th minute.
Lock Xolisa Matshoba added to that when he scored Collegians’ second try, while Ayanda Hanabe added a third, to the visitors’ two tries.
Collegians coach Bantwini Matika said the event was a huge success considering the unbearable conditions.
He said the two rugby teams met over the internet and that Collegians had been looking for an international school willing to establish an exchange programme.
"The idea to invite Plymouth College to South Africa was to create and build the interest of sport in our youth. We want township rugby players to get international recognition and exposure and also interact with overseas cultures.”
He said Collegians were the only rugby club in the township with an academy and they were looking to build a bigger, better club.