Rugby players get touchy at Old Parks

Carl Gordon slips past a touch.

 

The last 15 touch rugby matches of the winter season played out on a chilly evening at Old Parktonian Sports Club on 6 August.

But the players and their supporting friends managed to keep themselves warm with the hot action on the field in Bordeaux.

The rules of touch rugby are similar to contact rugby but when a ball is dropped, is passed forward or a defending player touches the ball-carrier while the ball is in his/her possession, then there is a turnover.

The sport relies on speed, agility and clever plays and movements to score. Only tries are scored and they each yield one point.

Pieter Pretorius plays touch rugby at Old Parktonian Sports Club.

Stuart Cockhrane plays touch rugby at Old Parks.

In 2 Touch had been running league games for 12 weeks prior in the winter season in both one-touch and six-down formats.

One-touch requires one touch for a turnover, six-down means after six touches possession changes.

“Touch rugby is very social, it is one of the few sports men and women can play together and we often see spouses and partners play,” the company’s Joburg general manager, Andrew Thomson, said.

According to In 2 Touch rules, when a woman scores a try it counts as two points instead of one.

“Touch rugby is also great for honing skills for contact rugby, like side-stepping and passing both ways.”

He continued that there were seven divisions in the leagues and the difference in skill levels accommodated everyone. So whether you are young or old, fit or unfit there is a league for you that you can enjoy.

Carl Gordon hopes to score for Gang Wolf Pack in the touch rugby finals.

Tim Pearson plays for Gang Wolf Pack in the touch rugby finals.

Gareth Richards attacks the try line.

Pieter Pretorius plays touch rugby at Old Parktonian Sports Club.

In 2 Touch also runs summer and spring leagues, with the spring league starting in September.

Leagues are also run at Zoo Lake, George Lea Park and Dimension Data.

Community members can sign up in teams or as individuals.

Details: In 2 Touch 086 008 6824.

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