The two teams left early on Saturday morning and arrived ready and eager to commence with the battle.
Due to other Union Rugby commitments the teams were unable to field a full club team but rather a combined team consisting of players in their respective provinces.
A very strong and well prepared Panther’s team where the victors on the day winning the Border Buffalos with a score of 58-6, the halftime score where 26-6 in favour of the Panthers. Congratulations to the Panthers!
The experience of the Panther’s where eminent during the game with the Border Buffalos, being a development team, making a lot of unforced errors and especially in the defence area. This being said the Buffalos played with a Lion heart and never accepted defeat during the game ,said Gendall. Well done to Buffalos and the fact that both teams travelled to Bloemfontein to participate in the game at their own costs is applaudable.
According to one of the new Rhino coaches, Tjaart vd Walt, the talent on the day was exceptional and promising.
The depth of the Panther’s where visible and this was partly due to all the new players that joined the Rugby League fraternity in Mpumalanga.
JP Opperman the Club Chairman of the Border Buffalos has shown great leadership in getting his squad together and the improvement in their game skills is defiantly visible. He has managed to start three active Rugby League clubs in the Border Province.
Gerry Gendall, the coach of the Panthers would like to thank all that contributed in making this day possible. He would also like to thank Bloemfontein Rugby Club ( the Ramblers) that made the field available for them to play on, Maselspoort where some of the players and family stayed overnight, and a special thank you to Oom Jan Prinsloo who convened all the negotiations between the Collegians Rugby Club as well as with Maselspoort regarding accommodation.
Gerry would also like to thank the Border Buffalos and Mpumalanga Panthers players and supporters who left at 04:00 in the morning to be in Bloemfontein and returned the same afternoon and safely home.
Well done to all!!