The conclusion of the 2022 Varsity 7s rugby saw fans treated with an entertaining festival of rugby. We look back at UWC lifting the trophy, the player of the tournament and our picks for team of the tournament.
The University of Western Cape won their inaugural Varsity 7s title by beating the University of Free State in a brilliant final. UWC captain Peter Williams scoring twice to lead the Bellville side to victory.
Speaking to Varsity Sports after lifting the trophy for his team, Peter Williams shared what the winning feeling felt like and going all the way with his squad.
On winning the 7s title with UWC;
“Look I can’t describe this, I think there is no word that comes close to describe this feeling, it’s indescribable especially from where we come from and the adversity we faced. But we came up on top. I can’t give you words, I really can’t, I’m speechless.”
Coming in the tournament as underdogs;
“The underdog tags really spurred us on, it really inspired us to push hard, we didn’t see ourselves as underdogs in general, we see ourselves as champions and we are going to enjoy the moment.”
The Suzuki Player of the Tournament award went to UFS speedster Chad Adams whose hattrick in the semi-finals was instrumental in getting the Bloem side into the final by knocking out defending champs UJ.
Here are our picks for the Varsity 7s team of the tournament.
Team of the Tournament:
Player of the Tournament – Peter Williams (UWC)
Chad Adams (UFS)
Calvin Clark (NWU)
Shaine Oderson (UWC)
Francios Pretorius (UJ)
Ferdinand Vergottini (UFS)
Brett Arnolds (Maties)
Campwill Willemse(UP-Tuks), Kevin Hlupheko(Wits), Federick van Zyl (Maties), Stiaan Genis (UFS) & Asemahle Mafenyana (UJ)
By Nkosinathi Shazi