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The u.18 team’s forwards: Kwena Mabitsela, Morongoa Maleka and Rapelang Choshi, in front, with Lebo­gang Moholola, Maidi Choshi and Vaina Unbisi at the back.

Lim girls’ rugby team eyes gold at SAs

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The u.18 and u.16 girls’ rugby teams attached to the Limpopo Blue Bulls Rugby Union‘s Youth Training Centre (YTC) is aiming for gold at the South African Rugby Junior Girls Youth Training Centre National Tournament being played in Cape Town from tomorrow (Friday) until Saturday.
The teams are comprised of aspiring rugby players from rural communities in the province and will take on teams from the other eight YTC stations in the country.
Speaking on the final day of the team’s camp at Capricorn High School’s rugby field on Saturday, u.18 team captain, Setsiba Mmabatho said they simply have to do what it takes to win the tournament. “We will come home with the trophy. We prepared well for the tournament. Our preparations started in May already. We also had time to bond and get to know each other well and we can’t wait for the first match of the tournament,” Setsiba said.
Teballo Makola, YTC administrator at Limpopo Blue Bulls Rugby Union said she was confident that both teams would win gold. “We are aiming for position one with both teams and are resolute to bring home the trophy and make our schools and the province proud. Our chances of winning the trophy are very high as we have been preparing the teams well. We are confident that we will come back with good news,” Makola said
She also thanked the principals from high schools in the rural areas for allowing them to introduce woman’s rugby in the schools. “It took us three months to form the team. We started earlier this year by introducing women’s rugby to different schools in the rural areas of Mopani, Capricorn, Vhembe and Sekhukhune Districts. It was easy because this different sporting code but the response was positive and we managed to come up with a good competitive squad from that initiative,” added Makola.

Story and photos: Herbert Rachuene
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YTC u.18 girls’ team hooker, Kwena Mabitsela goes through the paces during the final training session.

Tebogo Semenya, fullback of the YTC u.16 girls’ rugby team awaits the ball during the practice session.

Tshepiso Lesudi, u.18 fly half, about to return the ball to play.

Matsosha Masete, girls u.16 fly half in action.