THERE is enormous talent in sevens rugby among Eastern Province schools. That was the opinion of former sevens Bok Marius Schoeman, who attended the inaugural Sunridge Village Sevens rugby festival at Framesby on Friday and Saturday.
If you take into account that some of the top schools were missing and that most of the 12 participating schools did not field their best sides as they have just returned from tough tournaments, Schoeman’s comment is a huge compliment for EP schools.
Schoeman is the assistant coach of the South African under-18 sevens team and no doubt dotted down a few names of players to watch for the future.
What was good from a spectator’s point of view was that most of the encounters were evenly matched. That included Saturday’s final in which Despatch just managed to hang on to beat Framesby 15-10.
In the group match on Friday, Framesby beat Despatch 24-19 and the final produced the thriller expected by all.
The scores were level at 5-5 at halftime, but in the first part of the second half, Despatch produced their best play of the match with two tries to take the lead 15-5.
Neal Brophy and his Framesby team fought back with a try and nearly got the equaliser soon after that when a ball was lost on the Despatch tryline. Despatch’s desperate defence was just enough to secure the victory and a handsome winners’ cheque of R15000.
The finals of the Plate and Shield sections were also close contests.
Brandwag beat Cillie 31-24 in an entertaining Plate final, and Muir won the Shield, beating Linkside in the final 19-12.
Perris Vosloo, of Kirkwood, was named the player of the tournament.