UFH Rugby teams win big at Ntlaza Lions Tournament

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The University of Fort Hare Rugby Team featuring both male (Blues RFC) and female (Baby Blues) teams came out victorious at the Ntlaza Lions Rugby Tournament recently held on 16-19 June 2021. 

 The tournament was sponsored by Nyandeni Local Municipality UFH Blues RFC well known as Blues played two games on Wednesday against the Mqanduli Zebras and host Ntlaza Lions RFC. 
The UFH Blues won both games but both were close encounters, which were highly contested. The Blues won the first encounter 13 – 9 against Zebras and played the main game against Ntlaza Lions RFC. The host put up a very good show and in the end succumbed to the Blues onslaught 13 – 10.
Lukhanyiso, the talented blindside flank who captained the UFH Blues on the day - admitted that “the competition was tough and the standard of rugby was superb in the tournament. He said because teams have played each other before, they knew each other’s strengths and weaknesses, hence the difficulty in scoring tries”. However, he was quick to thank the coaching staff for a job well done when it comes to tactics to outsmart the opposition on the day. He applauded Madoda Ludidi who was in charge of the team and praised him a great deal in this regard. 
The team went on to play the semi-finals which they won and had to square up against the host Ntlaza Lions which they beat 16 – 9. The players that stood out throughout the tournament was the Captain himself Lukhanyo Tosholwane and Merlin Du Plessis. The latter was superb with the kicking game and kept the scoreboard ticking, and gave the boys points they needed.
The Baby Blues under the leadership of Ntyatyambo Mkhafu were in fine form throughout the tournament, won all their games, and qualified for the finals. This was commendable considering they have many new faces in their team after losing most of their players to the provincial team while others have completed their studies. They played WSU in the final and beat them comfortably in a very convincing fashion. Mr Lumumba Currie - the Professional Rugby Coach, was very pleased with both ladies and men’s rugby team performances. He applauded both Mkhafu and Ludidi for their dedication towards the growth of these athletes. 
The next assignment for both teams is now the Border Rugby League matches and University Sport South Africa Rugby Tournament. 
By Mawande Mrashula