Cape Town - The SA
Rugby Sevens Academy claimed the Dubai Sevens International
Invitational on Saturday, beating The Royal Jesters 28-12 in the final at The
went undefeated in pool play and continued that form in the knock-out stages.
Sevens Academy Manager, Marius Schoeman, praised the squad and said they were
on top of their game all weekend.
achieved our objectives, no doubt," said Schoeman.
wanted to give some guys game time, like Werner Kok who came back from fifteens
in Toulouse and everyone had a good run in the tournament. It is also important
for the Academy squad to put pressure on the incumbents in the Blitzboks side
and a number of players certainly did that this weekend."
said the competition amongst the players in the wider squads are benefitting
both the Blitzboks and the Academy side.
won their finals so that shows good depth and we are doing something
praised the quality of players in the current set-up. “We are working towards
the Olympics next year, but for now we are looking at working together with the
Blitzboks to best prepare the squad that will eventually go there. For now,
though, the World Series is the priority," Schoeman explained.
Africans won the final against the Rambling Jesters 28-12. They were trailing
early in the match after conceding two tries, but then struck back. First
Hacjivah Dayimani raced around his man to score and then Angelo Davids dotted
down for the first of three tries in the final.
with his second shortly after to give his side a 21-12 lead at the break. The
second half saw more good work on attack by the South Africans and that created
the space to Davids to claim another on route to the win.
their semifinal, the SA Rugby Sevens Academy outplayed Esperance 17-14.
Dayimani got the first try for his team, before their opponents struck back
with a converted try. Impi Visser got one over the line just before the break to
edge his side ahead 10-7.
half saw an early score by Mfundo Ndhlovu which edged his team ahead 17-7.
Esperance did get another try, but the defence was good enough for Stedman Gans
and his team to claim victory and a place in the final.
quarterfinal was a one-sided affair. The Academy outplayed an English
invitational team, the Apache 40-5.
Visser, Hacjivah Dayimani, Werner Kok, Dewald Human and Angelo Davids (2)
dotted down in this very convincing win.
- SA Rugby media