The Wits Rugby 7’s team hope to improve on their performance as they prepare for the Varsity sports competition.

The Wits Rugby 7’s team have qualified for the Varsity Sports competition after making it to the top 12 of the University Sports South Africa (USSA) tournament that took place in Margate, KwaZulu-Natal on September 21- 22.

Twenty-four teams competed in the USSA and only 12 teams could qualify for the Varsity sports, with the Wits team finishing 7th making it their highest finish yet in the annual tournament.

The USSA was the first tournament of the season for the team and “considering our limited preparation time, I truly believe we did ourselves proud,” said the coach Warren Gilbert.

The team, won all three games on the first day of the tournament but “picked up a few injuries as well [and] on day two, we started off with three losses in a row to end off the day with a win,” said team captain Chris Worthington who got injured himself.

The Wits second-year BCom student said that he is “extremely honoured to be part of this team. To constantly keep improving at this is something special. It’s been an unforgettable time that will live long with us”.

Gilbert told Wits Vuvuzela that he was satisfied with the team’s performance and “we had a couple of goals that we set out before the weekend, and we managed to achieve that.”

“I do believe our on field results was somewhat mixed, with some good and some average performances. We will definitely learn from this experience”, Gilbert said.

Sipho Siboza, who plays prop, said the team went into the tournament underrated and inexperienced but “we really made our mark early and impressed beyond expectation” however on day two it took the team longer to get into the game.

Gilbert said since the team has picked up a few injures “we will focus on recovery and giving the guys some time off to rejuvenate their bodies [and] going into the Varsity 7’s tournament we will need a fresh team”.

FEATURED IMAGE: The Wits Rugby 7’S team at the USSA tournament in Margate.     Photo: Provided

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