Glenwood gearing to defend KZN rugby Sevens crown

2014-08-28 00:00

IN just over a week, top schools will converge on Durban for the second annual Glenwood Photo­note Toshiba Sevens rugby tournament.

The tournament, formerly run by @tlantic, was taken over last year and is hosted at Glenwood High School.

This year, no fewer than 20 teams from around the province will battle it out in the tournament which kicks off next Saturday, 6 September.

Each school will feature teams of 12 players, with seven on the field and three reserves, while two players sit out altogether each game.

Games are made up of two seven minute halves with a two minute break between. Finals have seven minute halves except the Cup final, which has ten minute halves.

Teams start in pools with points being awarded for a win or a draw. At the end of the pool stages, teams are ranked one to four in each pool.

If points are equal after pool games, placing is decided by points difference. If they are still equal the team scoring the most tries goes through. If that doesn't’ decided the winner, the team who scored the first try in the match between the teams on the same number of points get the nod. After that, fate decides who progresses by the flip of a coin.

After the pool stages, teams battle in the knockout rounds. There will be a trophy for each winner of the Cup, Plate, Shield and Bowl divisions, plus medals for the players.

The victors will have to part ways with their silverware, as the trophies must remain at Glenwood. The winning teams will be immortalised with an engraving on the various cups.

The hosts are defending champs after beating Maritzburg College 50-17 in last year’s final.

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