Close but not quite for rugby sevens

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THE Chris Hani district rugby sevens team fell just short of taking gold and the winner’s trophy at the Steve Tshwete Games in Port Elizabeth last week.

The team, which was coached by Rose Roji, had to be content with second place after losing in the final.

The team had a marvellous tournament, sweeping past all opposition in the group stages. They were dominant, scoring an amazing 102 points and conceding zero. They opened their account with a 27-0 win over Joe Gqabi, followed by a 45-0 hammering of Amathole District Municipality.

Their last match was another impressive 30-0 win over Alfred Nzo District Municipality.

In the semifinal it was a tight affair with Chris Hani victorious by 17-12 over the Sara Baartman District Municipality.

The final was a titanic affair against the hosts, Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.

Chris Hani gave it their all, but eventually lost 5-0. For their efforts the boys picked up silver medals.

There was some comfort as Luyolo Dapula walked away with the Player of the Tournament award.

Outstanding players for Chris Hani were Asithandile Mrubatha, Balungile Xhala and Yannick Hare. All of these, plus Brandt Fields, stand a chance of going to the SA Academy in Cape Town in January for three to four months.

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