The NTK MHS Rugby week was presented for the first time from 18 to 22 March at Merensky High School.
Belhar High School from Bellville in the Western Cape, Standerton High School, DZJ and Hudson (community teams from Nkowankowa) as well as the Barbarians and the first team from Merensky enjoyed the spirit and warmth of rugby lovers in the beautiful Tzaneen surroundings.
Several players were honored for their outstanding performance on the field: Lyle Marcus (Belhar) as back player of the week, Almu Julies (Merensky) as tight forward player of the week, MJ Bench (Merensky) as loose forward player of the week, Tony Masedi (Barbarians) as best kicker and Jason Wessels as the player that scored the most tries.
Belhar won trophies for the best spirit as well as the team that played the most spectacular rugby. Merensky claimed a trophy for the best disciplined team. The plate winner of the week was Merensky, and Belhar walked away with the cup, the champions of the week.
A prestige NTK team was also selected to tour to Italy as an invitational team during August this year.
After what has been achieved during this week, and with the ongoing support of Francois Froneman (executive manager), Wynand Benadé (trade operations manager), and Frikkie van Vuuren (senior branch manager, Tzaneen) from NTK, this event promises to become one of the most prestigious rugby weeks in the country. In 2017 eight teams from around the country will be invited.