USSA Rugby Sevens 2013 held at NMMU George Campus a resounding success

This year once more saw the University Spot South Africa (USSA) Sevens taking place at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (George). It is the fourth consecutive year that the two day tournament takes place at the university’s picturesque campus, featuring some of the best student rugby seven players in the country.

The Plate finalists NMMU George sevens rugby team after losing against NWU Pukke.  (Back left to right) –Henry Grimes, Kutelani Tshivhase, Andre van der Westhuizen, Zander Schoeman , Etienne Janse van Rensburg, Jerome Fillies, Louis Hamman, Brandon Hulley.  (Front left to right)- Dean Peter January, Simon Snyman, Abdul-Gasiep Jappie, Creswin Josephs, Shannon Burger, Andre van Wyk, Luther Esau, Darryl Coeries
The Plate finalists NMMU George sevens rugby team after losing against NWU Pukke. (Back left to right) –Henry Grimes, Kutelani Tshivhase, Andre van der Westhuizen, Zander Schoeman , Etienne Janse van Rensburg, Jerome Fillies, Louis Hamman, Brandon Hulley. (Front left to right)- Dean Peter January, Simon Snyman, Abdul-Gasiep Jappie, Creswin Josephs, Shannon Burger, Andre van Wyk, Luther Esau, Darryl Coeries

A total number of 21 teams participated in this year’s tournament. The tournament’s pool phase commenced on Wednesday 04 December which was followed by the Knockout phase on Thursday 05 December.

All of last year’s winners were back to defend their titles. This included last year’s Cup winners – University of Stellenbosch (Matties); last year’s winners of the Bowl competition – the local side, NMMU George campus; and last year’s winners of the Plate competition – North West University (Potchefstroom campus); as well as winners of the Shield competition – University of Limpopo.

The 2013 USSA Cup Champions – The Tuks.  Left to right Back row: Max Calitz, , Jerome Bastick, Richard Gerntholtz, Donovan O'Grady, Lood de Jager.  Far Left middle row: Marinus vd Watt (Coach), Warwick Heffer (Team Manager)Andre Warner, Rudolf Smith, Keiron Odendaal, Willie Engelbrecht, Kegon Gordon.  Front(knees): Jacques Rossouw , Clayton Stewart, Andries Kruger, Ganfried May
The 2013 USSA Cup Champions – The Tuks. Left to right Back row: Max Calitz, , Jerome Bastick, Richard Gerntholtz, Donovan O’Grady, Lood de Jager. Far Left middle row: Marinus vd Watt (Coach), Warwick Heffer (Team Manager)Andre Warner, Rudolf Smith, Keiron Odendaal, Willie Engelbrecht, Kegon Gordon. Front(knees): Jacques Rossouw , Clayton Stewart, Andries Kruger, Ganfried May

This year’s tournament proved to be full of surprises as most of the favourites and anticipated winners were defeated by the underdogs. This year’s Shield went to the Durban University of Technology (DUT) winning 31 – 26 against Vaal University of Technology (VUL); Bowl winners are University of Cape Town (UCT) winning 31 – 10 against Central University of Technology (CUT); the Plate was scooped up by North West University Potchefstroom (NWU PKKE) with 38 – 5 against NMMU George; and after a tough and nail biting Cup final battle the University of Pretoria (TUKS) came up victorious against last year’s winners Matties , final score 35 – 26.

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