NMMU George, winners of the Bowl Competition at the USSA Rugby Sevens tournament, showing off their medals and trophy after beating North West University’s Vaal Campus 17 û 12 in a tense final that went into sudden death overtime.
At the end of normal time the score was deadlocked at 12 points each. According to the tournament’s rules an additional five minutes was added to the time as a sudden death playoff implying that the first team to score points would be declared the winners.
The local team from NMMU managed to control their nerves and after a number of moves that came close to the opponents’ try line, Abdul-Gasiep Jappie finally crossed the line to score for NMMU handing them the Bowl Trophy.
During normal time Luyanda Tshemese scored two tries for NMMU with Neil Treurnicht adding the extra two points with the conversion.
The elated team and officials from NMMU George are, from left: Marnus de Klerk (Team Manager), Louis Hamman, Luyanda Tshemese, Etienne Janse van Rensburg, Francois Kemp (Captain), Joseph Juries, Kutelani Tshivhase, Dailin Moos and Chris Liebenberg (Assistant Team Manager). In front from the left: JP Deschamps, Phaezelle August, Abdul-Gasiep Jappie, Neil Treurnicht and Hugo Loubser (Sport Manager at NMMU George).
In the other finals, University of Stellenbosch retained their title when they overpowered the University of Fort Hare 29/ 7 in the final for the Cup; while Polytechnic of Namibia took the spoils in the Plate competition and Tshwane University of Technology in the Shield competition.