Schools' Sevens Tourney a success

2008-08-28 00:00

The final afternoon of the Charles Louw Schools' Sevens Tournament was a great success at Woodburn yesterday and it was unfortunate that there had not been a bigger crowd to applaud some great sevens rugby. This tournament, organized by Steve Botha and the Midland's Rugby Academy, is set to grow, and there is already interest from some other schools.

In the Bowls semi-finals Alexandra and Weston II went through after beating St Charles II and Grace respectively. In the final Weston II beat Alex 14-10, but it was evenly contested with both sides scoring two tries, with Weston's two conversions successful.

The semi-finals of the Plate were won by Howick and Carter, who beat Voortrekker and Development respectively. In the final Howick repeated their success against Carter from the first round, winning 15-7.

In the first Cup semi-final, Maritzburg College played against Weston and at the break the lads from Mooi River had scored two unconverted tries to lead 10-0. College had to pull out all the stops to score two tries, and with the conversions successful, College won 14-10.

In the second semi-final Michaelhouse played St Charles and with four Craven Week players in their team, Patrick Lambie, Ruan Combrinck, Robert de Bruyn and Reef Nakin, they beat St Charles 33-17.

The matches had been played with two halves of seven minutes, but the final between Michaelhouse and College was played over two ten minute halves. Michaelhouse scored three tries in the first half to lead 19-0 at the break. In the second half College restricted them to only one more try and came close to scoring, but Michaelhouse defences held for them to win 26-0.

The Trophy was handed to the winners by Charles Louw, and Michaelhouse becomes only the second name on the trophy, after St Charles had won it since the inception in 2003.

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