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The Score WPRFU Sevens tournament this past weekend saw classic sevens rugby on display. Supporters were kept entertained with action packed matches, from the very first round.
17 November 2017
The pool stages over the past four weeks culminated with the top four from each pool, 16 teams, advancing through. These 16 teams locked horns in the Cup, Shield, Bowl and Plate divisions.
St Georges set the tone for the tournament, and their own trajectory, by beating Maties 19-14 in their opening game. Securing a place in the Cup quarter-final where they faced UWC. While UWC secured their Cup quarter-final spot by beating Vineyards 26-14. St Georges beat Belhar 14-12 in the Cup semi-final.  The stage was set for a massive and exciting final between False Bay and St. Georges after False Bay won their semi-final match. The final was a thrill a minute and ended after extra time with St Georges crowned tournament champions with a 26-22 victory over False Bay.
As tournament champions, St Georges now play in the final exhibition day alongside the WP Sevens and selected Dream Team sides. Unfortunately, the Blitzboks will not be in attendance following their withdrawal due to the risk of injuries and vital preparation ahead of the HSBC Sevens.
Other results saw Belhar end in 3rd place in the Cup, Brackenfell were winners in the Plate after beating UWC 17-12 in extra time and Victorians won the Shield by beating Vineyards 21-5. Helderberg won the Bowl final with a 21-19 score over Collegians.
We’re expecting a big turn out this Saturday as fans will be looking forward to see the top Sevens players from multiple clubs in action. I’m thrilled to see such a wide variety of players from more than 17 clubs selected into the Dream Teams. While more than 15 different clubs represented in the WP Sevens sides. This wide selection of club representation is once again evidence of the strength and depth within WP Club Rugby.
We’ve said before that this tournament is special in that this format allows a sense of social cohesion with clubs meeting each other across leagues. This Saturday’s exhibition day takes it to a new level, where players from these 17 clubs bond under one team and reinforcing our concept of #WeStandTogether. We look forward to seeing the fans in their droves for the final day of entertaining action.
Additionally, this week saw the draw for the City, Northern and Southern Leagues 2018 competition. The format will see the clubs play a single first round in their regions after which the clubs in position 1, 2 and 3 move to a combined promotion league. Clubs ending in position 1 and 2 will automatically be promoted to Super League C, while clubs ending in positions 3 and 4 will playoff at a neutral venue with the winner also gaining promotion. The teams below position 3 will go on to play in the Regions 2nd Round Competition. The Paarl Region will see a first round format and thereafter a second round with top and bottom six made up of the Paarl bottom 4 teams after the 1st round and the 2 top teams of the Simonsberg Region.
As with the Super League structure, we expect this format to deliver an exciting competition well suited to club rugby leagues, clubs, administrators and fans. Thereby delivering not only well structured rugby but also a format conducive to rugby entertainment and TV broadcasting.

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