Curro Heuwelkruin Grade 12 learner, Ofentse Maubane’s dream of playing sevens rugby as a career is fast becoming a reality.
This after he was selected by the South African Rugby Union (Saru) to represent the country’s u.18 sevens squad who will participate in the Windhoek International in Namibia from 7 to 11 March.
“I would love to study law at the University of Stellenbosch after school but would also love to continue playing professional sevens rugby. I am ecstatic about the inclusion into the sevens team and expect some tough games but all to be worthwhile,” Ofentse said.
On why he has such a big passion for rugby and especially sevens he indicated that it is all about the team effort. “I love contact sports and the team spirit is so valuable and at the end we are all brothers who would stand with each other through thick and thin. I have the speed, one of the biggest requirements of a sevens player and that is why I prefer sevens above the ordinary 15 men.”
He added that qualities of a good rugby player is someone who is disciplined, willing to learn, listens to opinions, integrity and a hard worker.
Last year he was also chosen for the Saru u.17 sevens squad who played in the Assupol Sevens Tournament in Stellenbosch. To top that he was appointed vice-captain of the Limpopo Blue Bulls sevens team who competed in the interprovincial tournament in Kimberley. He also played in the u.18 Craven Week. At the end of the year he was awarded with the Rector’s Medal for his achievement in rugby and announced as Sport Star of the Year at the school’s annual prize giving ceremony.
His talent as a rugby player has been evident from his primary school days. His performance in Grade 6 at Laerskool Pietersburg Noord Primary earned him the Sportsman of the Year award as u.12 rugby player. In Grade 7 he was again named Sportsman of the Year. He was also included in the u.13 Craven Week team and chosen as vice-captain of the u.13 Limpopo Blue Bulls sevens squad for two consecutive years.
Ofentse is a strong athlete who improved records in the 100 m (10,62 sec) and 200 m (21,84 sec) for boys u.18 during the Limpopo Independent Schools Athletics meeting earlier this year.
He also improved a 14-year-old record in the 100 at the annual Marius Lengton Memorial Athletics meeting in 2017. The 10,40 sec record set in 2003 now stands at 10,31 sec.
“Athletics and sevens rugby complement each other. Both require discipline, fitness and speed and I have a passion for both. Setting new records is an awesome feeling knowing that I am leaving something behind as well as a goal for the next athlete to work towards,” Ofentse said.
Story and photo: RC Myburgh