Pearson host sevens event

Neale Emslie

LIFE for schools rugby players will move into the fast lane when the PG Glass Sevens tournament is held at Pearson High School today and tomorrow.

With much of the regular schools programme having been completed, schools will be focusing on various tournaments and the Pearson Sevens will feature top teams from the Eastern Cape as well as providing a development aspect which will give some schools excellent exposure.

A total of 16 teams from Port Elizabeth, Graaff-Reinet and Humansdorp divided into four pools will compete in the event, with the round-robin matches taking place today and the playoffs tomorrow. The final is scheduled for 3.50pm tomorrow.

Last year, Framesby defeated Pearson in the final and both teams will be back in the mix this year, with the champions kicking off the action at 9am today against Linkside.

Framesby, Pearson, Grey High and Despatch would appear to be the early favourites in the respective pools, but the joy of sevens is that it can easily throw up unpredictable results and no team will be taking anything for granted. Despatch are arguably in the tournament’s “pool of death” with Arcadia, Ithembelihle and Newton Tech all capable of providing winning performances.

The pools are:

A: Framesby, Linkside, Ndzondelelo, Andrew Rabie; B: Pearson, Saints, Walmer High, Alex; C: Grey, Chatty, Humansdorp, Cillie; D: Despatch, Arcadia, Ithembelihle, Newton Tech

Today’s opening fixtures are: 9am, Framesby v Linkside; 9.20, Ndzondelelo v Andrew Rabie; 9.40, Pearson v Saints; 10am, Walmer High v Alex; 10.20, Grey v Chatty; 10.40, Humansdorp v Cillie; 10.40, Despatch v Arcadia; 11am, Ithembelihle v Newton Tech

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