The Limpopo Vikings Sevens team under the coaching hand of Thyron Pietersen, sport coach at Stanford Lake College, competed at the World Youth Rugby Festival U/16 competition in the city of Irvine, California at the Orange County Great Park Sports Park.
This team got off to a great start and eventually went on to play against another South African team, the Mpumalanga Mustangs, in the Cup Final. The Limpopo Vikings outplayed their South African counterpart to won by 31-0.
“Saying I am proud of this team is not even the word I want to use. Well done boys, you guys really left the best game performance for the final match”, said an elated coach Pietersen.
“In our first attempt in the World Youth Rugby Festival and getting a spot in the final was an achievement itself, but to have won it in this manner was unbelievable to experience”, said coach Pietersen.
Pietersen said this is surely one of his proudest moments of his coaching career so far.
“To the team, I thank you for all your hard work on the field. You have made me proud to be a part of your journey. All glory to God for giving you the talents to play the game”, said Pietersen.
On day one of the sevens tournament, the Limpopo Vikings won all three of their matches:
Limpopo Vikings 31 - Kahu Rugby 0
Limpopo Vikings 43 - USA Schools 7
Limpopo Vikings 22 - Mpumalanga Mustangs 19.
Day two saw the boys win two matches with comfortable margins, only to lose against the Crusaders side:
Limpopo Vikings 21 – Crusaders 26
Limpopo Vikings 22 - USA Schools 0
Limpopo Vikings 45 - Rhino’s Rugby Academy 0.
On the third day was the cup semi-final, where the Limpopo Vikings won against the Rhino’s Rugby Academy with a score of 49-12.
In the final match the next day the Limpopo Vikings went head to head against the Mpumalanga Mustangs. The Limpopo side dominated play and scored a faultless win of 31-0.