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Gold Cup for South Africa at “Punta Sevens” 25th Annual International Rugby Tournament in Uruguay

 SA Sevens Academy celebrating their win

SA Sevens Academy celebrating their win

 The idea of this Punta Sevens Tournament came about 25 years ago when members of the Old Boys Club realized that most rugby players were in Punta del Este for their summer holidays and it would be an ideal time to have some sport and fun, and at the same time entertain other holidaymakers.  This tournament, organized by the Old Boys Club, is financed by means of sponsorships. Since the early stages, the tournament has received the full support of the Uruguayan Rugby Union.

This year the Old Boys’ Club of Montevideo celebrated the 25th Annual International Rugby Tournament “Punta Sevens” in Punta del Este.  SA Sevens Academy team was once again invited to participate in this tournament and was the first team to arrive at this world famous seaside resort Punta del Este.  

SA Sevens Academy in action

A total of 21 leading teams from Chile, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa and Uruguay participated this year.

Rosco Speckman, who was top try-scorer of the tournament, was named Player of the Tournament.

Rosco Speckman, who was top try-scorer of the tournament, was named Player of the Tournament

The best match of the tournament was the final on Saturday evening between SA Sevens Academy and Moby Dick (Argentinian team formed by top players), where SA Sevens Academy beat Moby Dick by 19-14.  With this result, the South African team won the Gold Cup, crowning themselves champions of the Punta Sevens Tournament. These South African Ambassadors also won the “Mandela Cup” for fair play and Rosco Speckman, who was top try-scorer of the tournament, was named Player of the Tournament.

Ms Ellen M Hajie, Head of Mission at the South African Embassy in Montevideo with some of the South African team members

Ms Ellen M Hajie, Head of Mission at the South African Embassy in Montevideo with some of the South African team members

Ms Ellen M Hajie, Head of Mission at the South African Embassy in Montevideo, attended this tournament and celebrated these achievements with the team.

The Silver Cup was won by Pampas 7 (Argentinian team) and the Bronze Cup was won by Old Boys Centennial team.

On Friday 3rd, after the matches there was a live show by “Agapornis” (a band formed by rugby players), as part of the activities to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Punta Sevens Tournament and the centenary celebrations of the Old Boys Club.

The event enjoyed prominent media coverage and was televised by ESPN.

SA Embassy Montevideo, Uruguay

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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