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Maccabi SA makes semi final of 2019 Cape Town 10’s

6 March 2019
Maccabi South Africa entered a senior rugby team into the Cape Town 10s which was held at the beginning of February 2019.

The 10s is the brainchild of rugby legends Bob Skinstad and Robbie Fleck and is billed as the biggest ten-a-side rugby tournament in the world. This is Maccabi’s second appearance at the 10s, having won the plate final on their event debut in 2018.

This year a younger side was selected by manager Brad Berger, and coaches Paul Cohen and Tyrell Tintinger, with a few of the first team regulars not available. The squad included members who participated in the 2017 Maccabiah in Israel, including Berger (2017 Manager), Cohen (2017 Captain) and Tintinger, where they performed admirably and won the gold medal in 7s and silver in 15s. Berger, Cohen and Tintinger are all experienced Maccabians, having also taken part in 2013 and Tintinger in the 2009 Games.

Captained by Pirates 1st team’s Brent Kier, with Vice Captain Nick Zille from UCT’s 1st team, who have also both represented SA at the Maccabiah, the boys faced a tough group in the 2nd League on the opening day of the 10s, with a few very close results not going their way. On day 2 they came back stronger, winning the quarter final 19-12. In the semi they faced an experienced Super Vereeniging team and narrowly lost 7-5, with Zille scoring for Maccabi. This was a great result for a young team who are in a building phase, with a number of talented junior players coming up through the ranks.

Maccabi SA’s Player of the Tournament was awarded to Brent Shone, who currently plays for UCT.

‘’The 10s was a really good experience for the side and all the players learnt a lot about what it takes to play senior rugby. A few of the guys have put their hand up for selection for the Maccabi SA Sevens squad that will be announced in March, which will form the foundation of the team to be taking part in some exciting upcoming events” said Berger. ‘’A big thank you to Farrell Cohen whose physio skills once again ensured the players were well looked after, and also many thanks to Ashley Kotzin, CEO of ForwardZone, who generously sponsored the team, thus making it all possible for us,” added Berger.

“As a sports management company, we are proud to be involved with the Maccabi 10’s rugby team. Maccabi SA goes beyond sport, it’s about community and culture so when we were approached to sponsor the front-of-shirt for the team at the Cape Town 10’s we jumped at the opportunity. We are tremendously proud to have been associated with the team and their achievement at this tournament,’’ commented Kotzin.

Maccabi SA Chairman, Cliff Garrun was thrilled with the team’s efforts. ‘’Very well done to Brad and the Maccabi SA team who once again did us proud. We are excited at the talent that has emerged which bodes well for future tournaments and the 2021 Games. Maccabi SA rugby is certainly in good hands and attracting sponsorship, and we thank our dedicated team of volunteers whose passion drives our rugby programme.’’

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