After being placed eighth on the log after the opening day’s play, UJ fought their way back to reach the semifinals in fourth position overall, courtesy of a key win over University of Pretoria.
The 15-12 result against UP-Tuks put UJ in the semis after the teams ended with the same number of points (27) and the same points difference (67).
Coach Patrick Ross-Allen said the team worked extremely well after the precarious position they found themselves in following the opening day’s action.
“We spoke about the situation and the guys started putting in great commitment and effort in each match,” he said.
“Our players showed what they were made of and I am so proud of their efforts.”
“I always felt we could do something special in this tournament and when we heard we were in the semis, it strengthened the belief in the squad.”
He added that they had managed to capitalise on their use of the power play.
The power-play rules in Varsity Sevens allow each team to nominate a minute in which any tries scored are worth 10 points.
“When we took our power play in the final against Kovsies we scored two tries, so that was 20 points and it made a big difference.”