Harlequins Rugby Club on the Bluff was the place to be on Saturday, as they hosted their annual 7’s rugby tournament. With inclement weather and mud the order of the day, one would be forgiven for thinking this would be a festival of errors. Instead, the participants shrugged off the wet weather and produced some scintillating rugby.
Varsity College entered 2 teams and it was the flagship VC Green team that dominated on the day. Their opening game was against Richards Bay and the visitors from the north were highly fancied to do well. VC quickly asserted themselves and the first points were on the board with less than a minute played. Slick handling and powerful running saw them score 4 unanswered tries before the break. Clearly the Richards Bay coach had some tough words for his charges at half time, as they came back strongly in the 2nd half. Varsity College only managed another 2 tries, winning 32-0.
Next up were the powerhouse team from the south – Amanzimtoti. Toti had just beaten the VC Blue team and were looking to make it a clean sweep. With light drizzle starting to fall, this became a tactical game and at half time VC led 12 – 7. One try apiece in the 2nd half saw VC burst Toti’s bubble and maintain their unbeaten record with a 19-12 victory.
A short rest revitalised the cold and wet team and they took on South Coast Warriors in their last round robin game. The team from Margate proved no match for the speed and strength of the students, as VC powered to a 40 – 0 victory and booked a spot in the semi-finals.
With the rain now really coming down, VC once again faced Richards Bay in the semis. Richards Bay had only lost 1 game (to VC) and had improved as the tournament progressed. However, the VC lads were up to the task and outscored Richards Bay 5 tries to 2 to book their place in the finals. The Bluff Barbarians (the only other unbeaten side in the competition) dominated their semi-final against Amanzimtoti to set up a “Battle of the Giants” final.
VC won the toss (for the 5th time) and elected to receive the kick off. They reacted quickly and Bennie Moshabane slipped a Barbarians tackle to score in the corner. VC kicked off and the Barbarians immediately showed why they were unbeaten, as VC had to tackle for all they were worth to halt the advance on their try line. The ball spilled from a ruck on VC’s try line and Shane Kennedy pounced on it. VC quickly recycled the ball and Siphamandla Bingwa sped away for the 2nd VC try. This proved to be the turning point and VC never looked back, eventually winning the final 34-5. Defence was certainly the order of the day, with VC conceding only 5 tries all day. In contrast, they scored 26 tries in 5 games – a phenomenal result in wet weather.