Wesley lose opening tour match in South Africa

Wesley lose opening tour match in South Africa

Tour Match – Maties, Stellenbosch 42 Old Wesley 33

Old Wesley kicked off their tour to South Africa with a narrow loss to Maties at Coetzenburg in Stellenbosch. It was a beautiful afternoon in the University’s sports complex as the Seniors came together to play for the first time since the AIL qualifier down in Shannon.

The match kicked off and Wesley hit the ground running as David Poff ran in for a brilliant solo try. Maties struck back almost immediately to make it 7-7 and then again to take the lead 14-7. A well worked try saw Howard Noonan then go in just before half time.

Early in the second half, Maties found themselves 28-14 up.  After rolling the subs we saw great impact as Finn Tierney went over at the back of the maul – 28-21.  However, Maties then struck back to push their lead out to 35-21 and then again to 42-21.

Robert Loftus found himself in space on the wing and the big second row went over to make it 42-26. Wesley then began to find some momentum as Callum Kavanagh, Andrew Vincent, Noah Pim and Eoin Quinn came on to add well needed energy.  After a scrum penalty won by Wesley, Josh Miller chipped through and Andrew Vincent dotted over for the final try of the night. Final score 42-33.

The local side, with many Western Provence representatives, proved to have the extra stamina to win what was a very entertaining match.

The hospitality after was nothing short of exceptional as the barbecue was lit and players and travelling members enjoyed themselves late into the night! A massive thank you to Maties for hosting us.

We look forward to visiting NTK on Saturday back in Cape Town. For the moment, activities fill the week to keep morale high!

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