takealot.com Cape Town 10s
Billed as the world’s largest rugby 10s contest, the takealot.com Cape Town 10s rugby tournament, which takes over Hamilton’s Rugby Club in Green Point on Friday, 6 and Saturday, 7 February 2015, is the sporting and social highlight of the year.
With a mere 24 teams participating in 2009, the year it all started, 2014 was a highlight with over 2,200 rugby and netball players across 130 teams, strutting their stuff both on- and off the field.
RUGBY & NETBALL
150 teams are set to go head-to-head in approximately 800 games during this two-day sporting challenge. Fans can catch international rugga legends alongside some of South Africa’s very own icons, like John Smit, Butch James, Percy Montgomery, Bob Skinstad and Rob Fleck (the latter two are the founders of the event), as they scrum up for this adrenaline-pumping tournament. What’s more, after 2014 saw the fist addition of netball to the sporting repertoire, we looking at 50 netball teams billed to shoot hoops during the tourney.
This event is not just about the sporting rugby action though; the much-loved Mother City tournament is, in fact, also one big jol featuring top-notch musical acts, dress-up competitions, plenty of food and wine stalls, a huge beer tent (said to be Africa’s biggest) and even entertainment and sports clinics for the little ones. The day’s activities on both Friday and Saturday will culminate in big parties that are bound to be unforgettable.
ABOUT 10s RUGBY
Unlike other rugby union variants, such as rugby sevens and beach rugby, that were developed in major rugby nations, rugby 10s is said to have originated in Malaysia (a nation that is yet to make its debut at the Rugby World Cup). The rules are very similar to those of rugby sevens, but teams consist of 10 players, usually five forwards and five backs, and the games are much shorter than standard rugby, typically consisting of two 10-minute halves.
ABOUT 10s NETBALL
The new addition of netball to the 2014 tournament has sparked huge interest. We are looking at hosting 50 netball teams that play to official NSA rules on the Green point cricket oval. The well groomed grass surface is perfect for levelling the playing field between teams and so much kinder on the knees! The games consist of two 10-minute halves.