Peterhouse, St Johns enjoy success in UK

HARARE - Peterhouse College and St Johns College’s rugby teams were in top form in their respective United Kingdom tours that came to an end this week.

Peterhouse went on a three-week tour which yielded three wins and two losses while the Rams camped in Scotland for two weeks. The Harare school amassed nine wins, one draw and two losses.

In the UK, Peterhouse began their tour on a bright note after defeating Oundle 49-17 in a physical encounter.

Oundle, who were playing their first match of the season, struggled to keep up with the pace of Peterhouse’s backline.

Scott Gray’s boys went on to account for Uppingham 24-21. Their opponents were fresh from a tour of South Africa.

Peterhouse showed tremendous fighting spirit in that match as they rallied from behind having gone to the break 21 points down.

With three-quarter Brendon Mandivenga in inspired form, Peterhouse returned from the break to score three converted tries and a penalty to win the match 24-21.

Peterhouse went on to win 27-8 in a tough encounter against Oakham.

Oakham dominated territorial possession but House were clinical in converting the chances that came their way.

The Marondera school then travelled to Dorset, where they played Sherborne and Bryanston.

Both matches ended in defeat, losing to Sherbourne 15-31 and Bryanston School 20-38.

Against Bryston, the match went to half time with the Peterhouse trailing 6-7.

The second stanza began with House on the backfoot as Bryston scored some runway tries to leave the scores at 31-6.

House, though, never gave up and converted two tries in the last 10 minutes of the match.

Off the field, the side had a chance to meet former Springbok star Brian Mujati, who plies his trade in England.

The Zimbabwean-born Northamptonshire prop was educated at Peterhouse.

Meanwhile, St Johns College, who were making their second UK tour in over two decades, were in inspired form.

The Rams had a difficult domestic season, finishing sixth on the Stanbic Super 9 log standings with 76. But they stepped up their game in UK.

They drew 12-12 with Scottish side Madras College in their opening encounter before going on to win 32-20 against Manchester-based Stockport Grammar.

St Johns continued their good run, routing Norwich 30-0.

They then suffered their first tour defeat, losing 30-0 to Harrow.

The Rams went on to lose 15-7 to Colston. The side got back to winning ways, recording successive victories over St Albans 17-5, Bicton College 15-7, St Johns Leatherhead 7-5 and St Albans won 10-7.

TOURING SQUADS


Peterhouse: Tatenda Banga, Bibby Marc, Cole Broxham, Reece Comberbach, Tinashe Chedondo, Matthew Comberbach, Andrew Dollar, Oliver East, Warwick Hattingh, Nils Ufnagel, Brendon Mandivenga, Marlven Maparura, Hamilton Marufu, Arthur Mataure, Tinashe Matonga, Tariro Mhere, Matthew Moodie, Daniel Moolman,  Philangezwi Mudambanuki,  Tapiwa Muringani, Tinotenda Musengezi, Gannett Phiri, Christopher Root, Luke Saunders, Bradley Steyn, Ashley Thixton, Thierry Yates.

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