The Marius Schoeman 7s Tournament, especially hosted by Paarl Gimnasium, would always be a strong test for our U17 and U15 7s rugby teams. In a sport that is in its infancy stages at St Andrew’s College since starting three years ago and the nature of the format of 7s where the halves are so short, small mistakes can see you chasing the game, which all adds to the pressure.
The U17 team struggled with defence in the pool stages where they were able to score some impressive tries against difficult opposition but ultimately ended with a draw against Belville and two losses Grey Bloem and Langebaan.
On Day 2, they bounced back with three wins from four games to end as the winners of the Shield final.
Many lessons have been learned by this team over the course of the past three weeks and they can be very grateful for the opportunities that they have come their way to attend these prestigious events against the top sides in the country.
The U15 team did themselves and the greater Andrean community proud by coming away with second place in the pool stages after two wins from their three pool games.
This set them up with a challenging round of top 16 clash against Huguenot Wellington on Day 2.
The College team was up to the task and came away 19-17 winners. This gave them an opportunity to play in the main Cup quarter-finals against a strong Stellenberg team that had earlier comfortably beaten Paarl Boys High School.
Whilst eventually going down 29-19, the team was very close to causing a major upset, being 19-17 up with one minute to play.
It was an outstanding effort from the entire group of players who have all developed their individual skills that I am sure will benefit the 15-man format of the game next year.
Well done to both teams on what has been an enjoyable and largely successful season for the Rugby 7s Club.
Thank you to Mr Jano Roux, Mr Gerry Posthumus, Mr Scott Jackson and Mr Laurence Christie who gave up the time to invest in the growth of these young men.