With the Women’s Varsity 7s tournament done and dusted, here is a look at our pick for player of the tournament and team of the tournament.
The University of Johannesburg were crowned 2022 7s champions at the Tuks Stadium, and it was only right that UJ Women’s captain Masingita Simango be crowned player of the tournament. Not only did Simango walk away with a R2500.00 cheque, she lifted the trophy in front of the whole nation.
Varsity sports spoke to Simango after the final and she shared what the tournament meant to her and how her father didn’t even want her to play rugby on the first place.
On winning the Varsity 7s Trophy;
“This pretty awesome because it is our first time ever. It is amazing because our hard work paid off. This is an amazing experience, I don’t know what to say.”
Her journey to rugby and victory;
“Sometimes parents can be the barrier between girls and sports. Don’t really listen to them, because my dad didn’t really want me to play rugby, but here I am today. I didn’t listen to him and now I’m holding the trophy on tv because I knew what I wanted. To all the girls if rugby is what you want, go for it!”
Here are our picks for the Varsity 7s team of the tournament.
Team of the Tournament:
Player of the Tournament – Masingita Simango (UJ)
Tanya Shava (UJ)
Nobuhle Msomi (UFH)
Miche Pretorius (UP-Tuks)
Vainha Ubisi (TUT)
Qogi Inga (UFH)
Emihle Mtyali (WSU)
Ferannah Burger (UP-Tuks), Msengi Ongeziwe (UFH), Karabo Mashego (TUT) & Precious Maduchem (UJ)