14 Nov 2016 11:50am
WINDHOEK, 14 NOV (NAMPA) - The 2016 Safland Rugby Sevens Tournament ended at the coastal town of Swakopmund on Sunday, with organisers branding it a success.
Willem Strauss, the tournament promoter, said they have delivered a bigger and better tournament than the one held in Windhoek last year.
We hope to keep on improving to make this one of the best tournaments in the future, Strauss told Nampa on the side-lines of the tournament Sunday.
He was full of praise for the organising committee, sponsors, teams and rugby fans for making the tournament memorable. Strauss also praised the Namibian people for their hospitality, support and great sportsmanship, saying the future looks good for Namibia Rugby Sevens.
He said they did not face any major challenges. The playing surface is in great condition, there were no security concerns encountered, the weather was lovely, and generally everything was fine.
With regards to the standard of rugby during the tournament, Strauss said there was good rugby displayed, singling out South Africa, Kenya and Germany as the stand-out performers.
South Africa and Kenya went to the Olympics early this year, and that clearly shows. But Germany is also quality, and it is good to see Namibia being competitive.
He said for teams to perform well in sevens rugby, they need to play more often.
Strauss also said he hoped young Namibian rugby players learned as much as possible during the tournament. Watching these superstars strut their stuff here should encourage these boys to take the game seriously.
This years tournament was won by defending champions South Africa who beat a spirited Kenya 31 points to 10 to retain the trophy.
South Africa and Kenya used the Safland Rugby Sevens as preparation for the HBSC World Rugby Sevens Series, which takes place in Dubai early December.