EC TVET 7s puts EC on the map

The Eastern Cape has once again shown itself to be a strong contender in the game of rugby in South Africa. This is as clear after EC TVET 7s returned as victors after participating in the rugby tournament called College Sport Arts and Culture South Africa (Cosacsa) recently.

The squad that represented the Eastern Cape were selected from different colleges in the province. The responsibility of training the players was given to two well-known men in rugby: Somila “Soso” Mkiva and Luntu Mrharha. Mkiva and Mrharha’s team were exceptional in Gauteng in the rugby sevens tournament played by teams from seven provinces in South Africa.

On the first day, EC TVET 7s beat Western Cape 24-12, they thrashed Mpumalanga 35-5 before burying Northern Cape 40-0. On the second day, EC TVET 7s continued their winning streak and defeated Free State 29-5. Going into the third day, it became clear that the Eastern Cape had no competition, but the coaches did not allow the players to relax. In the last games, EC TVET 7s annihilated North West 64-5 and closed off with a comfortable win against Limpopo 54-5. The good results achieved by the team reflect their preparation for the tournament and they are ecstatic.

“We are very happy as coaches and players. The way we prepared is what gave us good results in the tournament,” said Soso.

“We used to sleep in the morning some days talking to the players about rugby and relating it to the things that happen in our lives. In this way we were trying to emphasise our goal in this tournament. We did not want our players to think that things were going to be easy. The way we performed on the pitch reflects our good preparation and puts the Eastern Cape at the top. We have talent here even if it needs people to unearth it so that it shines,” said Soso who wanted young people to know that colleges have value and opportunities for growth.