Both Matches were played with the type of intensity and aggression that the Brakpan Bears are famous for as they always use their physicality and speed, and are always up for a tough game.The first game on the 4th of October was played at the home of the Brakpan Bears at Bosman Stadium, where the newer Bunnies playing a more junior side from the Bears. The game was very tough, and fast, and the Bears managed to keep the Rabbitohs in check for most of the match. However, the Rabbitohs have some serious speed in their team this year, and managed to run in a few late tries as the Bears took strain as a lot of their players need to still reach match fitness this early in the season.
The game ended with the Rabbitohs 56 points versus the Bears’ 22
The second game was played on the 11th of October with a more experienced side in Potchefstroom, Northwest Province, to help develop the game in the North West Province. The Northwest Province is the newest province to join SARL and is a very important province in the development of the game throughout South Africa. Being the month of October, the Rabbitohs also played in pink shorts to show their support for the fight against Cancer.
The second game was hard and fast, the young Rabbitohs playing against one of South Africa top sides who are in with a chance of winning the Rhino Cup this year ( South Africa's premier Rugby League tournament ). The Bunnies were able to keep their composure after huge rampaging runs from the Bears, and was able to get numbers to tackle and try and subdue the huge Bears forwards. With the Rabbitohs able to get some momentum on attack and giving the ball some air after some great work form the Bunnies pack, they were able to get behind the Bears defensive line and keep the score score board ticking over. The Bears never let up and played right up until the end, giving the Rabbitohs some much needed game time and defensive practice as the Bears were relentless on attack.
The game ended with the Rabbitohs scoring 52 points and managing to keep the Bears to 6 points only.
The Rabbitohs coaches and management were very happy with a lot of the juniors stepping up and showing they can handle the pressure of playing a top side and make the step up to be a very competitive team in South Africa. The Bears also showed some strong potential off a squad currently building for the National Club Championships.
A special thanks must go to both teams for their efforts in developing the game in the Northwest Province, thereby spreading the game of rugby league to all regions in South Africa.