Lowland’s Laei returns from tour a winner

Lowland high school rugby club’s Fa’aitua Laei got the start in the High School All-Americans final game of their four-game South African tour.

The All-Americans beat Durbanville High School 26-16 on Thursday with Laei starting at fullback. Laei, who graduated from Riverton High School this spring, was the only Utahn selected to the team.

“It was a great game played in a tremendous spirit,” said head coach Salty Thompson. “Both teams showed their class, and Durbanville were wonderful hosts.”

Following the match, the hosts treated the Americans to some first class South African hospitality with a braii and awards ceremony in the school’s auditorium. Boys from both teams mingled and made friends over the dinner, exchanging items as mementos of the tour.

The team finished 3-1 in their two-week tour.

“As a development tour it has been a tremendous experience for all these boys,” said Thompson. “They have all made big strides in becoming world-class rugby players, and learned what it takes to play in a place where it is essentially a religion.”

Tour scores:
High School All Americans 71 Durban Development (KZN) 0
Glenwood HS 18, High School All Americans 14
High School All Americans 25 Tygerberg 18
High School All Americans 26 Durbanville HS 17

The HSAA team after Tuesday's win. (From USA Rugby)

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