Review: Cape Town 10s – Not Just for Rugby Fans

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Castle Cape Town TensIt was a scorcher of a day as this year’s annualCape Town10’s Rugby Tournament kicked off atHamilton’s Rugby Club in Green Point. No matter though, there was enough beer to quench a squadron of parched mouths and an ample amount of rugby to be savoured. The fourth installment of Bobby Skinstad and Rob Fleck’s charity project proved impressive, with a total of 78 teams in 4 divisions battling it out for glory, making it the world’s biggest Tens tournament.

With regards to the organisation of the event, I could find no fault. Everyone was catered for with a variety of food stalls, an adequate amount of ablution facilities, and of course, the ever-present beer tent, which claimed the sobriety of many over the weekend. Even kids were catered for, with a dedicated area for them to zip around and bounce to their heart’s content on one the jumping castles set up. Considering the sheer number of teams and matches scheduled, the tournament ran remarkably smoothly, with all matches played practically on time. With 4 fields hosting matches simultaneously, the tournament was every rugby fanatic’s dream come true.

Those not that fervent about rugby needn’t have worried, boredom was not looming imminent around the corner, on the contrary, a huge line-up of bands as well as a DJ ensured those who were there for just a party were well looked after. The Lightyears, The Graeme Watkins Project, Goodluck, Me and Mr Brown and DJ Sox kept the crowd and the party going into overtime, long after the final whistle blew on the pitch.

For the team from Stellenbosch, Maties, this year proved to be another successful one, as they secured their fourth successive win in the premier division. The winners of the Heavy Beer division were The False Bay Sharks. I didn’t get to see the other two deciding matches as I must’ve been frolicking in the beer tent (apologies to all the results junkies). The highlight of the evening by far was during the kicking competition. In a reality defying kick to hit the crossbar of the goal posts, Doug Mallet found himself the instant owner of a brand new Golf-GTI.

Whether an avid rugby supporter or a mere casual spectator of the game, the Cape Town Ten’s promised, and delivered, superb entertainment and excitement both on and off the field.

Craig Feris

Cape Town 10’s took place on 3 & 4 February 2012 at Hamilton’s Rugby Club in Green Point.

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