Rugby Squad Have Great Day On Robben Island & Table Mountain

Tuesday 9th July

I’m sure today is one that the boys will never forget…

After some chose to follow Mr Bowden, Miss Teague and Jodie on a beach run, the boys tucked into their standard large portions at breakfast of cooked or continental.

They were now set for what was sure to be a very memorable day of this tour.

Andre, our loyal as ever coach driver, dropped the squad at the V&A Waterfront to set off for on their journey to Robben Island. After a short boat journey across a rather choppy Table Bay, the team disembarked to the Maximum Security Prison to learn and appreciate more of the unique history of the country that they have enjoyed so far. Seaford were greeted by an ex political prisoner who had been jailed on the island for seven years. He gave the boys a detailed description of the living conditions that they each had to endure, showed them various sections of the prison including the infamous Cell 7 which was home to Nelson Mandela for all those years.

Following the tour of the prison, the squad were guided around the island on a short bus journey to see the wildlife and other poignant landmarks of the island such as the Lime Quarry that Mandela and his companions spent so much of their time.

After a packed lunch of baguettes, crisps, an apple and fruit juice, they were back on board the boat. Some of the boys were lucky enough to grab the sought after seats on top to catch a few rays before returning to the waterfront.

Next stop…Table Mountain.

Andre dropped the squad by the Cable Car that led directly to the breathtaking sights that can be viewed from the top of the mountain. But, that would be the easy route…

The Seaford squad gave a mammoth effort, helping each other along as they trekked to the top with Harry Leleu reaching the summit in a fantastic 37 minutes. It was a huge achievement for the team and something that will remain with them for a very long time. The views as the sun was coming down over the city were incredible and the boys had the chance to sit and really take it all in before returning on the cable car to the bottom.

The squad were very ready for their meal at the Thai restaurant this evening. It was just a short walk from the hotel and included various dishes. Chicken green curry, beef basil, mussels and jasmine rice were chosen and the plates were soon empty.

All that was left for the evening’s proceedings was the presentation of the pink hat and there was only ever going to be one winner on this Tuesday evening and that was Hugo Dean following his effort to follow simple signs in the restaurant!

Tomorrow will see the boys training at FC Fratelli once again before a tough fixture v Tygerburg RFC in the afternoon. Let’s go boys!

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