St George's, Prince Edward set for blockbuster clash

HARARE - The oldest schoolboy rugby derby in Zimbabwe is upon us again.

The century old rivalry between St George’s College and Prince Edward explodes at Saints Saturday in a battle of two undefeated teams.

St George’s head into this tie oozing confidence having beaten the Tigers twice in 2012.

The Saints are currently having another fairy-tale season as they are yet to taste defeat on the local scene. They will be aiming to stretch their unbeaten run to seven matches.

They will be hoping their abrasive forwards pack, marshalled by the prop Thabani Mujeni, can lay the platform for Brendon Boshi and Jabulani Mutukwa to weave their magic. The two backs can be a handful with ball in hand.

PE have also had a good season thus far and are also unbeaten.  They will bank on their skipper Antonio Spriano to bring his ‘A’ game.

PE seem to have abandoned their traditional expensive game plan of running rugby. Under Sebastian Garikai’s mentorship, the Tigers have rather taken a more conservative and unattractive style, although it has been yielding results.

The most lethal asset the Tigers have is their rolling maul, which many teams have struggled to cope with in 2013.The team that makes the least mistakes and control their discipline will likely win the match.

In other Super 8 matches, the Peterhouse juggernaut invades Masvingo for a date with Kyle College, who have struggled for form in this year’s campaign. It seems like it might be another long afternoon for Kyle.

CBC are on the road again this weekend and will make the long trip to the capital for a date with Churchill.

St John’s College host Falcon, who are still licking their wounds from last weekend’s 35-27 defeat to Peterhouse. The match is expected to go down to the wire. -
Brian Matamba

 

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