The U19 Peregrines Sevens team, consisting of rugby players from different schools in the Boland, had a great tour to Dubai this year, where they participated in the U19 International Section of the HSBC World Sevens Series from 5–7 December. Two of the players, Celino Peterson and Jumile Lucas, are from Hermanus High School and helped their team to victory – at the end of the gruelling competition the Peregrines were crowned the Emirates Dubai U19 International Sevens Champions.
More than 250 sevens rugby teams competed in the different categories. The Peregrines played in Pool D of the U19 International Section and won all their pool games against the Youth Sport Lions (SA), Elite Squad Noordvaal (SA) and Melbourne Kangaroos (AUS), and were at the top of their pool after Day 2 of the competition. They faced the Youth Sport Lions again in the quarter-final, winning comfortably to go through to the semi-final. Here they came up against the KZN Barbarians, who proved to be a formidable team, but the Peregrines managed to beat them in the end.
The team was super-excited to be playing in the cup final against Juvenia Krakow (POLAND), a very good side with steppers and line breakers. After two minutes of play the Peregrines were behind 0–14, but they fought back to lead 17–14 by half time. The second half was a game of defence, and in the final minutes the Peregrines managed to score another try. The final score was 22–14.
The Peregrines thank their sponsor, MIMECAST for all their support and the kit they sponsored. Thanks also go to BLK for making their awesome kit.