Quintin van Jaarsveld
With bragging rights and a R10 000 winners’ purse on the line, the Halfway Toyota South Coast Sevens is set to deliver fireworks in Uvongo on Saturday.
Sixteen teams from across the country will descend on Douglas Mitchell Sports Grounds, the home of hosts and defending champions Riversmead South Coast Warriors.
The competing teams are (Pool A) the Status Warriors, Kokstad, Orion Ballito Badgers, Living Ball, (Pool B) Amanzimtoti 1, SKZN Development 1, Sharks Academy SKZN 2, South Coast Warriors 2, (Pool C) Amanzimtoti 2, Golden Reapers 1, Kapaailand, South Coast Breakers, (Pool D) Sharks Academy SKZN 1, Golden Reapers 2, Matatiele and SKZN Development 2.
The Status Warriors have won the last three tournaments and will be desperate to retain the silverware and come away with the R10 000. The runners-up will receive R2500 for their efforts.
“The competition is going to be a cracker again this year and we look forward to some outstanding sevens rugby,” Warriors director of coaching and event organiser Christo Henderson told eHowzit.
The competition has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2014 and Henderson expects the fifth edition to be the best yet.
“The competition has grown so quickly. We decided to keep it a one-day event for now, which limited the number of participating teams, but the quality of the sides has become so strong over the last two years and has seen us draw teams from all over the country.
“I would like to thank Brian Jones and Halfway Toyota Shelly Beach for their sponsorship towards the Halfway Toyota South Coast Sevens Tournament. Without them, this tournaments cannot be held.”
Speaking to the popularity of the tournament and crucial role it plays for competing sides, Henderson said, “It’s the season opener for the club and it give the coaches and players a good platform to see where they are regarding their fitness and conditioning. At the same time, it helps build team spirit with a weekend away.
“Locally, sevens rugby has helped the Warriors develop their skills and fitness and we have become a team with a lot of experience and class. For us, it’s also always nice to host clubs from all over the country and it’s going to be spectacular for the spectators.”
He added the tournament is not only a rugby spectacle, but also a fun, family-orientated event.
“Along with the rugby, there will be lots of fun at the club for young and old, so bring your family and come and enjoy the day with us.
“There will be a big screen TV for the Super Rugby games throughout the day, a beer garden, food for the hungry and fun activities for the kids.”
The action kicks off at 8am with the Cup final scheduled for 4.45pm.