Barefooted rugby girls defy odds

Bare-footed: Popagano JSS team put up a brave fight PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Bare-footed: Popagano JSS team put up a brave fight PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

The women’s inaugural Savage Sevens Cup took place at the Gaborone Rugby Football Club (GRFC) ground last Saturday with a team from far-flung Sepopa causing waves. While other teams were fully equipped, Popagano Junior Secondary School (JSS) emerged barefooted on an empty stomach, capturing hearts on their way to the final. Staff Writer, CALISTUS KOLANTSHO traces the team's roots from the 'jungles' of the Okavango Delta

During the semi and final match, Popagano JSS in Sepopa village in the Okavango region donned yellow jerseys with black stripes, along with black shorts and a trim of white. The kit was a donation from the Botswana Rugby Union (BRU). For their other kit, they had to borrow from Shakawe Senior Secondary School.

The players, all Under-17, did something special to beat one of the tournament favourites, Gaborone Hogs. They were not intimidated by the 'opulence' of their opponents from the capital with their superior wear, boots, and physique. They only relied on their speed to score. However, things did not work out in the final against UB Rhinos, who brought power and speed into the match.

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