Townships ruck and roll in tourney

Meshack Khotha

Meshack Khotha

The launch of the Tshwane high schools rugby programme got off to a good start at Atteridgeville rugby grounds at the weekend.

Eight schools from the townships around Tshwane - Mabopane, Soshanguve, Kgomotso, Tswaing, Atteridgeville, Mamelodi, Lotus Garden and Eersterus - took part in the maiden programme.

The tournament, which was funded by the Gauteng department of sport and recreation, featured Under-14s, Under-15s, Under-16s and Under-18s.

It is a project of the Blue Bulls development department whose intention is to create awareness of rugby at school level in the townships. Peter Makgobo, the union's coordinator of township rugby, said they were excited that the programme got off the ground.

"We are satisfied about the attendance of the participating schools but we still appeal to those who were not present to come on board.

Full results: Under-14: Phuthadichaba 24, Kgomotso 12; Amogelang 21, Thutong 19.

Under-15: Mamelodi 32, Soshanguve 29; Phuthas 26, Redibone 12; Mamelodi 35, Mabopane 10.

Under-16: Kokotla 17, Lotus 15; Atteridgeville 32, Mamelodi 21.

Under-18: Vaalmansdal 32, Kgomotso 20; Atteridgeville 41, Amogelang 17; Edward Phatudi 16, Prosperitas 10.