The team achieved a resounding victory in the quarter final, winning 26-5. They then competed in the Plate Semi-Final, narrowly losing 10-7 in a hard fought game.
The squad was managed and coached by Maccabi SA Rugby Convenor Brad Berger, assisted by Jon Biderman-Pam. Senior players included Brent Kier and Dylan Koll from Pirates, and Jesse Willensky and Nick Zille from UCT.
Maccabi SA was one of the youngest teams competing in the tournament, but this did not deter them as they gave it their all until the final whistle.
The Maccabi Player of the Tournament was UCT’s Tom Walker, whose father Brett was in the powerful SA team that brought home gold from the 1989 Maccabi Games. Junior Player of the Tournament was Jake Rosen from King David Linksfield.
‘’The standard of play shown by the boys was impressive and I am extremely proud of what they achieved. I am also very encouraged to see the strong group of Juniors who are coming through our ranks,’’ said Berger. ‘’Once again a big thank you to our physio Farrell Cohen who provided excellent medical care, and to Ashley Kotzin, CEO of Forwardzone, who again generously sponsored the team,” added Berger.
‘’We are incredibly proud to be associated with the Maccabi SA 10’s rugby team for a second year. Maccabi SA goes beyond sport, and as a leading sports management company we wanted to continue building on this, through our sponsorship,’’ said Kotzin.
Cliff Garrun, Chairman of Maccabi SA, was delighted with the squad’s efforts. ‘’A hearty mazeltov to Brad and the team who continue to deliver excellent results and enhance Maccabi SA’s reputation. As strong contenders for gold at the 2021 Games, I am very excited to see the talent and commitment that exists in our rugby community.
‘’As always, a massive thank you to our team of volunteers whose dedication drives our organisation. Kol HaKavod,’’ added Garrun.