TuksRugby women’s sevens undefeated locally and forging ahead

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The Deltadrone TuksRugby women’s sevens are on a winning streak that does not appear to be ending anytime soon. The locally undefeated team achieved a career milestone when they got to play the main curtain raiser for the Bulls at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium on 31 March where the team continued their winning streak against the Soweto Eagles with an impressive score of 42-0. Team captain, Libbie Janse van Rensburg, attributes the team’s impressive achievements to their international exposure. “We play against other international clubs as well as other national teams which is really what sets us apart from other clubs in South Africa.”

Janse van Rensburg said. Janse van Rensburg, who was initially sceptical about the sport, now passionately declares that the sport has come to mean a great deal for her. “Sevens rugby to me has become such a natural part of my life and it has taught me so many humbling lessons.” Despite the various challenges that come with playing the male dominated sport, Janse van Rensburg said the “thrill of the game and laying additional foundations for women’s rugby makes [her] feel incredibly proud”. The team’s spirit of perseverance led to them achieving a considerably exceptional 2017, winning two out of five tournaments, one of which included a historic win in France where they won the Stanislas Sevens Tournament. Janse van Rensburg discussed their upcoming opportunity to defend this title saying, “We have a lot of pressure riding on us after winning that tournament last year. It wasn’t an easy victory and I think this year it is going to be even tougher.” However she is hopeful, describing the rugby team as having “a lot of fresh talent”.

Janse van Rensburg noted the “high standard of rugby” that they will face in their upcoming fixtures, adding that “it is most definitely not going to be a walk in the park”. Nonetheless, she remains hopeful as their “senior players mixed with some new players makes for a combination that will lead to a consecutive victory”. The team is currently training for their European tour that will see them competing in three tournaments in May namely Stanislas sevens in Nancy, France on 19 and 20 May, Centrale sevens in Paris, France on 22 and 23 May and Benidorm sevens in Benidorm, Spain on 26 and 27 May. “This year, our ultimate goal would be to win the Dubai sevens tournament as this is the biggest tournament that we play in with by far the most spectators.”

 

Tuks Rugby women’s sevens. Photo: Michael Ridge

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