Michaelhouse and Glenwood dominate schools sevens selections

2012-09-25 00:00

THE schools rugby season may have been over a few weeks ago, but schools’ sevens will continue on a provincial basis over the next two months.

The interprovincial U18 sevens tournament will be held at Tukkies in Pretoria over the weekend of October 4 and October 5. The KwaZulu-Natal side of 12 players to play in this 20-a-side tournament was announced recently.

This is the second year of this tournament and the KZN boys will be hoping to do better than 2011 when they were placed an effective sixth after losing against the Pumas in the Plate final. Last year’s winners were the Blue Bulls who beat Free State in the Cup final.

Michaelhouse and Glenwood dominate the selections with five and four players, respectively, with one each from Kearsney, Westville and George Campbell. Maritzburg College, who won the Durban leg of the @lantic Sevens, have two non-travelling reserves who have been named.

There were a number of players who were unavailable due to injury or exam commitments and so the 16 players named were the best sevens’ players that were available.

The annual season-ending school sevens’ tournament is reserved for the schools that won their respective regional events. As winners of the Durban @lantic schools sevens’ tournament for the second successive year, Maritzburg College will participate in the Champions’ Tournament on November 3 and November 4. This year it is unfortunately sandwiched between the two Senior Certificate mathematics papers which are on November 2 and November 5. This will eliminate many of the Grade 12s from the tournament.

Fortunately, College made use of a young team to win the title at Glenwood and as a result only four players will not be available for this tournament.

Currently, a squad of 17 players are being put through their paces and from here a final squad of 12 will eventually be chosen after the holidays.

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