I spent last weekend in the beautiful South African sunshine watching a festival of rugby at the Takealot Cape Town 10's. It was really encouraging to see the number of people that were involved in some way in this growing event. I think it says something about the popularity of rugby in South Africa when a 'non-competitive' event like the 10's can attract such a large number of spectators and participants. Watching the medics rushing frantically around during the weekend, I felt fortunate that my participation only extended as far as the sidelines.
Quality doesn't age. That was clearly evident in the performance of the sports stars in The Legends team. Not only did the spectators get to witness the class of players such as Christian Cullen and James Dalton, they were treated to the undercover rugby talent of former Protea captain, Graham Smith. The magic of Carlos Spencer was evident, whether he was storming up the wing managing to fend off an entire team or scoring a hat-trick of tries. Not suprisingly he was awarded player of the tournament. On the other hand, the rugby on show in the premier league from a much younger cohort of players demonstrated that quality is very much alive and well in the clubs and academies of the province.
Our new client, Hamiltons RFC, had a positive start to their season, showing good progress through the weekend and were undefeated winners of the Premier League with tight wins over Western Province and UCT. It was great to see the side performing well with some new players thriving under the guidance of the club's stalwarts. With the Community Cup kicking off next weekend it was a positive result and testament to the hard work that's been put in on and off the field during the pre-season.