The match was set to kick off at 14h30 at Pollsmoor sports field and the Dynamiters had a great warm-up session leading up to the match, the lads were focused and switched on.
During the warm up, Che Arenz (hooker) seemed to have been sniped by one of the prison guards and went down with a calf injury ruling him out of the match with Dan Nel taking over at hooker. To add to the confusion, kick off was delayed as the hosts were running late. Discussions between the referee, Jon Friday (Coach) and Ismail Jattiem (Captain) resulted in an agreement to kick the match off at 15h00 instead..
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The day had finally arrived! It was the Dynamiter 4ths’ first game of the season, playing against another new entrant to the Reserve League, the Pollsmoor 1sts.
Now we’ll admit that there were some well-founded concerns about this new team. We were anxious to find out if we were playing the prison staff or some of Matt Scarlett’s dodgy family that were allowed out on good behaviour. To our relief, the Pollsmoor side were made up of staff and friends from neighbouring farms, a real bunch a stand up gents.
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The first outing for the newly formed Dynamiter 4ths took the form of a preseason friendly against a British touring team, the Nomads. Click here for more info on the Nomads.
The boys had been itching for their first bit of contact, especially the men in the forwards, comprising mainly of grade A Dutch beef. With a completely new side, we had no idea what to expect in terms of who would flare in certain positions and who would see themselves eating a mud pie on the bench the following week. The game was set to kick-off at 7.30pm however the Nomads were apparently distracted by cheap beer and loose locals at their hotel.
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