DHS hosts U12 Sevens rugby tourney

Sibonelo Phewa from Glenwood Prep in action against DPHS players Oliver Da Costa, Joshua Snyman and Jack Foster.

THE third annual Graham ‘Basher’ Downes U12 Sevens festival hosted by Durban High School was a resounding success as teams from across the country competed for the coveted trophy.

Fixtures started late on Friday afternoon, with all teams experiencing playing “under lights” on the famous Van Heerden’s field. Saturday saw the round robin completed and the teams enter the knockout phase. Each team played seven fixtures over the two days making the trip to Durban more than worth their while.

KZN Development had an excellent tournament finishing 5th overall and claiming the Bowl final with a 21-10 victory over the invitational team from Zululand, namely RSSA. Both teams have participated in all three tournaments thus far.

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The Shield final was contested between Glenwood Prep 2nds and Kloof Primary, with the former lifting the trophy with a narrow 14-12 win.

Ultimately, there was only one team that look destined for this year’s Cup and break DPHS’s grip on the trophy which they have won for the past three years. Glenwood Prep 1st marched to the final after a convincing win against last year’s champions DPHS with a 48-0 victory.

Luke Davidson and Ike Githinji from DPHS in a game against Hillcrest Primary.

They met the ever impressive Grey College who had overcome Hillcrest in their semi-final with a 19-7 win. Hillcrest were competing in their 3rd tournament as well and have been in the top four on two occasions.

The final proved to be too much for the men from Bloemfontein as Glenwood Prep ran out 40-0 victors to claim the Cup trophy and round off an impressive festival.

DPHS was placed third at the tournament, Port Natal School was seventh, Penzance Primary School 1 were eighth, Glenwood Preparatory School 2 were ninth (Shield winners) and Penzance Primary School 2 were placed eleventh.

 

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