Port Natal surprise winners of Voortrekker Sevens tournament

2013-09-17 00:00

THE second round of the Voortrekker Sevens tournament was played at Voortrekker on Friday evening with Port Natal surprisingly taking the honours.

Favourites after the first round appeared to be Hilton, who had won their pool, but it did not go so well on Friday and they had to be content with playing in the Plate final.

Weston had withdrawn at the last moment and they were hurriedly replaced by the reserves in the KZN Schools Sevens squad.

Neither this team nor the KZN Sevens team were eligible for a trophy and they were playing merely to get practice ahead of the Interprovincial Sevens coming up shortly.

As the KZN team had won their pool, they played against Hilton in the quarter-finals and perhaps demoralised the Hilton lads by winning 69-0.

Port Natal did well to score three tries in the second half to lose against the KZN Reserves 17-31, but both Hilton and Port Natal went through to play in the Cup semi-finals.

The other two quarter-finals were won by Maritzburg College against St Charles, 39-12, after they were down at half time and Westville, who defeated the hosts comfortably 27-0.

In the Cup semi-final the KZN Reserves beat St Charles 34-5 and the KZN team defeated Voortrekker 64-0. Port Natal knocked Hilton out of the Cup by winning 24-5. A tight game saw College beat Westville 17-12, to gain a place in the Cup final.

The Bowl final was won by Voortrekker, who perhaps played their best game to defeat St Charles 19-5. The Plate final was drawn between Westville and Hilton.

The Cup final was between Port Natal and Maritzburg College, neither of whom had been favourites after the first round.

In an even contest, Port Natal got in the winning try just before the final whistle to win 22-19, after College had led 12-7 at the break.

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