On the 29th June 2017, the Titans Rugby u13 Team arrived in a cold Frankfort for the annual VKB U13 Rugby Week Tournament. The VKB tournament is a prestigious event attended by regional teams from all over the country. In attendance, this year were the The Griffons from Leopards country, KOSH from the Klerksdorp area, Lynx from Krugersdorp, Noordwes Platteland from Lichtenburg and surrounds, Oud-Skoliere from the Bethlehem area, Rooikatte from Pretoria, Verwes from around Vryburg and Bloemhof, Vrystaat Plattelend and Western Cubs from Johannesburg’s West Rand. It was always going to be a tough weekend with sub-zero temperatures in the mornings, rock hard fields and even harder opposition.
As was the case last year, Titans were up against Vrystaat Platteland on day one. The game started off at a frantic pace and the Titans boys had to click into gear quickly. The Platteland boys were having none of it though and Titans had to work very hard to get the 19-14 win. Zack van Niekerk kicked off his weekend in top form to take the man of the match award.
Day two saw a Titans team that had realised what it meant to pay Rugby at this level. They also knew that qualifying for the final required a superior points difference to any other winning both their first games. They responded by arriving motivated and ready and dismantled the Ver Wes team 50-0. Forwards captain and number 8 Joshua Boulle had a stellar performance in this game and received the man of the match award for his efforts.
Day three was the proverbial business end of things. Titans up against a Western Cubs team that not only won all their games but did so by significant margins. They were the team with the highest points difference with Titans trailing in second. A big task lay ahead of the Titans who had left everything on the field thus far. As always, a few players were feeling the effects with niggles and bruises all over. When the final whistle went, the scoreboard read 24-5 to Titans. For 50 minutes the boys never stopped playing, the score board kept ticking over and the game was won. Patrick de Villiers took the man of the match award playing at fullback and stepping into the number 13 position at halftime.
The boys were a little anxious to get going,
but we knew we could take it and backed ourselves and each other.
– Dani Ribeiro
Five players were selected in the team of the week that will tour Dubai later in the year they are: Daniel Stark, Zack van Niekerk (Backline player of the tournament), Patrick de Villiers, Lourens Kruger and Joshua Boulle
The Titans Rugby u13 Team that won the tournament are:
Joshua Boulle (Vice-Captain)
Jude van der Walt
Patrick de Villiers
Ricardo de Oliveira
Zack van Niekerk (Captain)
Zander du Toit
Titans Rugby would just like to thank all our players, parents and supporters for illustrating the high ethical values and ensuring that the team were a proud example to everyone at all times. Additionally a huge thank you to our sponsors for their support in order to make such events happen. Cell C, Firstclass Projects, Sportlocker, KVA and Gliderol. Lastly, a thank you to Adidas for coming on-board as our apparel partner for this event.