College sevens tourney a sizzler

2013-08-13 00:00

THE inaugural Ma Baker Maritzburg College Sevens tournament was played in cool overcast conditions on Friday and turned out to be a great success.

While it was chilly for the spectators, it was ideal for the players. The 16 teams that had been placed in four pools played their matches according to sevens rules, with eventual winners in the Plate, Shield, Bowl and Cup sections determined by their positions in their pool.

Each side played three pool matches in the morning with the knock-out stages in the afternoon. It was exhausting and would have been very difficult in warmer conditions, so the cool weather really helped.

There were some surprise results and the two pools that did not go according to the seedings were the Red and White pools.

Hosts College were beaten by St Charles 12-17. College were then runners-up in their pool to the Saints. Northwood fared badly in their pool and were bottom after losing two games. The Durban Development team were runners-up to winners Michaelhouse.

The other two pools were won by the seeded schools, Westville and DHS. George Campbell were runners-up to Westville and Clif­ton were second to DHS in the other pool.

In the Plate semi-finals, Kloof surprised by beating Northwood, and Kingsway beat Faithway College. Kloof then beat Kingsway 37-0 to win the Plate.

The Shield was won by Westville who beat Clifton 31-12. Westville had drawn 19-all in the quarter-

final against College, but as College had scored first, they went through to the Cup semi-finals.

Westville then beat George Campbell for a place in the Shield final and Clifton beat Durban Development for a place in the final.

In the Bowl contest, Weston beat John Ross and Voortrekker won against Felixton, for their places in the final. This created a fair amount of interest as two Midlands sides were playing for the Bowl. Weston had the greater stamina and won the final 19-0.

The Cup semis saw College and St Charles meeting again and Michaelhouse playing DHS. Michaelhouse won comfortably against DHS but the other semi was a humdinger. Both St Charles and College scored three tries and the difference in the final score was a conversion as St Charles converted two tries and College one. This enabled St Charles to progress to the final 19-17.

In the final, Michaelhouse beat St Charles 36-12.

Pool positions: Red - St Charles, M College, Weston, John Ross

Black - Westville, George Campbell, Kingsway, Faithway

White - Michaelhouse, Durban Dev, Kloof, Northwood

Green - DHS, Clifton, Voortrekker, Felixton

Plate winners: Kloof 37 Kingsway 0

Shield winners: Westville 31 Clifton 12

Bowl winners: Weston 19 Voortrekker 0

Cup winners: Michaelhouse 36 St Charles 12

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