Suicide Squad settle for silver at rugby jamboree

The Suicide Squad.

The event took place over the weekend of August 25 and 26 at the Harlequins Rugby Club.

It was a frustrating ending for the local side that looked good to go a step further than their showing last year after steam-rolling in the pool phase.

“It was frustrating finishing second again but the consistency about it is a good sign, I can’t see us faulting in the next tournament” said captain Wesley van Aardt.

“The competition was a lot harder with the other teams strengthening as well but the team was committed to win the competition this year.

“The guys played very well, I can’t fault them on their performances. Everyone stood up and manned up,” added the Boksburg Rugby Club No. 8.

The Suicide Squad lost 7-19 to The Piranhas in last year’s final.

Teams in the 10s tournament play matches spanning 20 minutes, with two nine-minute halves sandwiching a two-minute half-time break.

Known as the Social Olympics, the Zando Tshwane 10s saw approximately 150 teams contest across seven sporting codes.

While rugby headlines the event, teams also compete in netball, volleyball, touch rugby, five-a-side soccer, lawn bowls and dodgeball.

Last year’s inaugural tournament saw some 40 rugby teams, 30 volleyball teams, 20 netball teams and over 15 dodgeball teams taking part.

The 10s series, which began in Cape Town a decade ago, is the brainchild of former Bok captain Bobby Skinstad, Stormers coach Robbie Fleck and friend Ron Rutland.

The Suicide Squad: Wesley van Aardt (captain) Benjamin Krone, Ronald Verhoog, Juan Wessels, Gary Woolls, Neville Fraser, Ruan Lottering, Leon Wessels, Jaco du Plessis, Pieter Prinsloo, Ryno Lopes, Grant Gibbons, Brandon van Eeden, Andre Grobbelaar, PJ Beaukes, David Woolls, Mitch van Aardt, Henry Snyman, Sampie Hearn, Sunny van Niekerk.

Results:

Pool phase

Suicide Squad 38-0 Avengers

Suicide Squad 14-21 Rebels

Suicide Squad 26-5 Sanddrift Barbarians

Suicide Squad 26-0 Vuil Honde

Suicide Squad 12-5 Taranakis

Final

Suicide Squad 5-7 Hasbeens – @SabeloBoksburg

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Sabelo Mashego
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