By SARL Press Release, Date: 5/9/12
South African Rugby-League kicked of the 2012-2013-season with a Rugby League-Nines-tournament held at Silverbacks RLC (Pretoria) in partnership with TuksRugbyLeague.
The following club participated:
â€¢ Thomahawks (Ermelo)
â€¢ Silverbacks (Petoria)
â€¢ Roosters (Bloemfontein)
â€¢ Kunkwini Scorpions (Bronkhorstspruit)
â€¢ Tigers (Middelburg)
â€¢ TuksRL (Pretoria)
Using the new format of RL-Nines the games were set to be played at a much faster pace than the normal 13-man-code. This was emphasized by a slight modification of the rules with the scrums replaced by a â€œplay-the-ballâ€ and inclusion of a â€œpower-playâ€ whereby the scoring team could decide to either take the conversion-kick or go for another try in only one attempt or be penalized by having the game restarted on their own thirty-meter line.
Most of the clubs were also using this tournament to â€œintroduceâ€ their new players from union (15-man code) to this fast set sporting-code. Not having so much â€œstopsâ€ as union, made the entertainment that much better for the eager-beaver RL-runners.
TuksRL, as the host, made use of the opportunity to play three representative teams. New and old were selected in the three teams for the day-
TuksRL- Young Guns
For Group A the the logs after three round-robin games were as follows:
1. TuksRL- Reds
2. TuksRL- Young Guns
For Group B the the logs after three round-robin games were as follows:
2. TuksRL- Blues
The full scores and photoâ€™s can be seen on the South African Rugby League Fanpage on Facebook.
Winner of SARL Nineâ€™s Plate Final was the Ermelo Rugby League Club.
SARL Nineâ€™s Cub Final
The final was one of those entertainments left for last. The Rooster did not let the long travel from Bloemfontein handicapped them in this game. At the half-time the score was 6-all. In the second half TuksRL Reds added another 2 tries (one conversion) with Roosters adding one converted try.
Final score: TuksRL Reds 16 – 12 Bloemfontein Roosters
Steve Muniafu (Nairobi, Kenia) studying architecture at TUT (second year playing rugby-league), David Watson & Grahm Logan (both from Zimbabwe) were some of the â€œinternational-representativesâ€ on the day. The youngest player of the day, Dwayne Bothma, 16 years of age was one of the TuksRL Young Guns who played like a veteran and is someone to watch in the future.
The SARL season kicks-off with the start of the 2012 North-Eastern Regional Derby-season this coming weekend in Brakpan.