The end of year is always an exciting time for our clubs as pre-season preparations begin to hit full steam. In addition to this, the AGM’s held at these clubs are an ideal way to review the year ahead, and begin preparing for the new season.
The USSA Sevens tournament was held in George on December 1-2. Various universities from around the country were invited to participate. Western Province’s representatives were Maties, UCT and UWC.
In the end, this is how they fared:
UWC lost 7-21 to NWU in the Plate Final.
Maties went down 12-17 to Tuks in the Cup Final.
(Well done to all our universities who competed!)
This Saturday is the Rockets Super 5’s Beach tournament. This is the first-ever Super 5’s tournament in South Africa and will be held at the picturesque Clifton Beach. Some of our clubs competing are Uni-Mil, Busy Bees, Masiphumelele and UCT. The action begins at 11am and will go throughout the day.
Thursday saw the start of the SA Academy Referees Squad camp which runs from December 4 until December 7. The WP representatives are Hennie Heydenrych, Divan Uys, Nathan Barry, Lee-Eustice Beukes, Willem Taylor, Dyllan Francke and Riaan Tolken. The camp began at 4pm and will be held throughout at Jan Kriel High School in Kuilsriver. Well done to all our club referees who made the cut!
Of course, this camp follows last week’s camp held in Table View. It was a one-day camp for beginner referees which ran 7am and ran until 12.30pm. Included in the camp were the level 1 exams as well as bleep tests and expert coaching.
The SA Academy Sevens team brought home the gold in the recent tournament in Harare after defeating Kenya B 12-5 in the final. It was a dominating performance by the team who went unbeaten in the tournament, not conceding a single point in the group stages. The team included several club rugby favorites, so it was good to see them perform at such a high level.
This weekend is the Dubai Sevens. Included in the squad are DHL Western Province and DHL Stormers speedsters, Cheslin Kolbe and Seabelo Senatla. We wish both them, and the entire Blitzbokke team the very best of luck – we will be watching and getting behind our boys, as they continue to push for Olympic participation.
By: Danny Jones WPRFU