Golden Lions and Gauteng Invitational take first place in U16 Girls and Boys Rugby Tournament
The City of Johannesburg Sport and Recreation, in conjunction with the South African Rugby Legends Association and SA Rugby, organized a successful Iqhawe Rugby Tournament for under-16 rugby players.
The Iqhawe National Rugby Boys and Girls U16 Rugby Sevens Tournament took place at the Johannesburg Stadium, Doornfontein, with teams from the Lions, Blue Bulls and Falcons Rugby Unions taking part this weekend.
Since its inception in 2013, over 1,200 players have taken part in these exciting qualifiers.
“Throughout the tournament, boys and girls from different Rugby Unions competed against each other and each of them demonstrated their commitment to their team by expending as much energy as possible, as well as discipline, fighting and hard work that comes with the game,” said South African Rugby Legends Association and former South African rugby player Dale Santon.
The selection criteria were primarily aimed at new, introductory, small, rural, lower league and non-traditional rugby schools to compete in a tournament of the same scale as National Craven Week. The players came from various South African rugby unions. Each union had to choose its best players from a variety of clubs. As a result, the tournament organizers were confident that with the right support, these young players could become respected great players in the future.
The Iqhawe Rugby Tournament is a great platform for talented players from small schools, and the idea, according to Cllr Ronald Harris, a member of the Mayor’s Committee for Community Development, is “to expose the best players to union talent scouts, so that they can be included in talent player projects, and it is also another innovative initiative creating pathways to provincial elite teams and Grant Khomo U/16 week”.
It was a close and exciting weekend of rugby matches, and the two-day tournament brought out some incredible raw talent. The morning of the final was drizzled with rain, but that didn’t deter the excited players from showing off their skills as the Golden Lions won first place for the U16 girls’ rugby sevens and the Gauteng Invitational won first place for boys U16 to seven. rugby.
When asked what qualities players should possess to be the best, Gauteng Invitational captain Shaun Udo said: “Having an abundance of strength and power is more than helpful, it’s essential because, As you may have noticed, rugby is a very fast-paced, challenging, and robust game.
“As a result, developing adequate strength through sustained strength and endurance training is an essential part of every rugby player’s training programme. The majority of rugby skills are time-limited, occurring at high speeds with high physical stakes, that said, strength and hypertrophy are just the building blocks of a tough rugby player,” he concluded.
Written by Ntombifuthi Junerose Nkosi