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Hello again from the southern hemisphere...

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...where the stars are brighter and there is no big dipper to be found.

We went on a game drive at Kruger National Park on Saturday night and saw cape buffalo, elephant, giraffe, leopard, hyenas and impala (the McDonalds of the bush). We were back up early the next morning at 4:30 a.m. for a six hour drive through the world’s largest game park, Kruger National. In total, we saw 25 different species of animals. Many elephant and hippo. It left us wanting to come back for more.

We then had a four hour drive to the Klein-Karibe Resort in Warmbath. The Jayhawks played the Warmbath RFC in a night match in front of 150 local fans. There were lots of small children and families who enjoyed the Rock Chalk Chant.

The Jayhawks came out with a dominant victory with a score of 23-5. Two tries were scored by Dane Keiser, and Louis (our South African guest player) kicked for five points, and Matt Schwartz finished with kicking for five points. The captain, Jack Voigt, scored his first ever drop goal.

Rick Renfro, the tour Manager, shared his thoughts on the match:

“We are very proud of the team effort,” Renfro said. “We are starting to gel as a unit, and we have a lot of potential to finish the tour strong. The next match will be a big test, playing the curtain raiser against Pretoria Harlequens at the 80,000 seat Ellis Park in Johannesburg.”

The team finished off the evening with a braai and gift exchange hosted by Warmbath RFC. We finished off a late evening/early morning at the local watering hole.

The team will build more bonds over the next two days as they are sleeping 12 to a tent, bunk bed style. We are having a hard time keeping the monkeys out of the sleeping quarters and kitchens. The group will spend Wednesday relaxing and recouping at the resort and will take a canopy tour on Thursday.

The Jayhawks are very excited for playing the curtain raiser on Friday, June 21st prior to the Sharks vs. Blue Bulls professional Super 15s game.

We will have another update after our match on Friday. To all of the families, don’t worry, everyone is safe and sound. We wish you were here!

ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK!

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