The first game, our Colts team, stood up to an experienced Hindu side and narrowly missed out on a win. Final score 12-15, with tries coming from William Wennerbom and Nathaniel Tamwoy.
The Argentinians dominated from the outset in the second game, made up of a combination of Colts and Grade players. The tourists scored 5 tries to Uni’s 0 in an impressive display which secured them their second win of the evening, final score 0-31.
The third and final match was arguably the most exciting encounter with the first points not coming until Daniel Poletto slotted a penalty 33 minutes in. The score remained 3-0 at the break, as both teams put in enormous efforts to keep their opposition from scoring. Uni’s defence was finally broken and Hindu got the first try of the match after 58 minutes. The students hit back as full back James Kane broke free, offloading to replacement Hugh Frazer who dived under the posts, Daniel Poletto kicked the extras and took the score to 10-7 with 8 minutes remaining. The tourists didn’t give in and looked to respond with their own try straight after the kick off, however it was called back for a knock on. The final few minutes of the match were a nail biter for the spectators as both teams tried to claim the win, victory finally came for the students as the ref called full time, 10-7.
We were joined throughout the afternoon by the SUFC 1989 tour party. Some 28 years earlier their trip to South America had included a match against the famous Hindu Club in Buenos Aires. With over 20 of the tourists in attendance it was a night of reminiscing for many. The evening was particularly special for some of the 1989 tourists, Jim Fenwicke, Andrew Wennerbom and Dac Croker, who as SUFC team mates played together against the Hindu Club all those years ago. The past players stood proudly watching on as their sons, Peter Fenwicke, William Wennerbom and Harry Croker all ran out on the field together in the 1st Colts fixture. Special thanks to Jim Fenwicke for organising the reunion.