Maties and UWC retained their respective Varsity Sevens and Varsity Beach Volleyball titles in Camps Bay, but they were pushed all the way.
Maties beat Kovsies in extra time of their thrilling Sevens Final, whilst the UWC Beach Volleyball team maintained their unbeaten status with a tight 37-36 victory over UJ in their final on the beach.
The Maties Sevens side lost just one game all weekend, but they by no means had everything their own way in a highly competitive tournament that challenged all of the teams to adapt to the extremely windy conditions.
They looked in control of their final against last years’ runners-up Kovsies, but a try in the final seconds of normal time by the Bloemfontein team sent the game into sudden death extra time.
There was a further twist as two yellow cards saw Kovsies reduced to just five players, and Maties took advantage by barging their way over the line for the decisive try.
In the third place play-off UP-Tuks steamrolled their trans-Jukskei rivals UJ, and NWU-Pukke claimed the Plate title by beating local favourites UWC 20-10 in another exciting final.
Although they were knocked out in the semifinals by Maties, UJ did get some consolation as two of their players walked away with individual awards.
Speedster Leon Potgieter got the Cell C Most Tries of the Tournament which saw him take a R500 Cell C voucher and a Samsung Galaxy S4 whilst his teammate Zane Janse van Rensburg took the Samsung Super Try award for his amazing try against Pukke on Sunday morning to claim the same prize.
UWC’s Freddie Muller was named FNB Player of the Tournament which earned him R1000, and Maties’ Josh Bassingthwaighte was the Steers Most Valuable Player, which got him a R500 voucher at Steers.
The Beach Volleyball tournament saw action get underway first thing on Sunday morning in near perfect conditions on Camps Bay Beach.
In the end it was a replay of last year’s final as UWC came up against UJ who put up a serious fight but ended up falling just short as the Cape side clinched a 36-37 defeat.
On top of claiming the main trophy, UWC cleaned up the individual awards as well, taking three out of the four on offer.
Prudence Layters took the Cell C Best Defence award, Kayla-Lee Provins was the Steers Most Valuable Player and Bejancke Della was named the FNB Player of the Tournament whilst UJ’s Fatima West got some consolation for defeat in the final with the Samsung Super Striker award.