Sevens rugby on the rise

2011-11-15 00:00

WITH sevens rugby included in the Oly­mpic games in 2016, there has been a surge of interest in the shortened form of rugby. @lantic Internet Service Provider saw a gap in the market and over the past three years has run school sevens tournaments in various areas around the country. In the inaugural event in 2008, Harmony from Free State were the winners, in 2009 Monument won and last year Tygerberg won.

This year 16 @lantic school sevens tournaments were held. Winners in each centre played in the national finals held in Konka near Rustenburg early in October. Maritzburg College were the winners of the tournament hosted by Glenwood. The other area in KZN was Vryheid and here Pionier were the winners.

College were playing in their first such tournament, as Pionier had won last year. In 2009, Glenwood won the tournament. At Konka there were four pools with four schools in each. College managed just one win in the pool stages beating Waterkloof, but losing the two earlier games against Oudtshoorn (runners-up last year and again this year) and Brandwag from Benoni. In both the earlier games, College had to play catch-up rugby as the opposition scored early in the games.

Waterkloof beat College into fourth place in the pool, so College played in the Shield competition. In the semi-final they came up against Pionier, whom College had beaten in the regional tournament final at Glenwood. The local boys won 19-12 with tries by Lwazi Sithole, Marcel Coetzee and Banele Ngwenya. The Shield final was against Paarl Gym and the latter scored two early tries before College fought back to 10-12 at half-time. Sithole and Kelvin Ender scored College’s tries. In the second half, Paarl scored four further tries to one by Coetzee to win 36-17.

The Bowl final was won by Brandwag from Uitenhage. The Plate saw Monument beat Ben Vorster and Tygerberg defended their title, again beating Oudtshoorn in the Cup final.

This was a valuable experience for a young College side who only had three Grade 12s in their squad, with a number of Grade 10s and Grade 11s.

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