Rocky tips OH for NRL title

HARARE - Ex-Zimbabwe and Old Hararians utility forward Rocky Gurumani has tipped his former club side to clinch this year’s Lion Lager National Rugby League title after reaching this weekend’s final.

OH clash head on with Old Georgians in a blockbuster final in the capital on Saturday after both teams cruised through their semi-finals last weekend against Matabeleland Warriors and Harare Sports Club respectively.

The Green Machine were last crowned Kings of Zimbabwean rugby seven years ago, with Gurumani, one of the most decorated players in local rugby history, being part of the squad.

Gurumani, who was comfortable as a prop or in the back row, was part of a well-drilled OH side which dominated local rugby for the best part of four years between 2002 and 2005. 

Capped 90 times by his country, he is the second most experienced Sables player in history after current national team coach Brendan Dawson.

“During the glory days of OH we were like a family, we played and believed in each other,” Gurumani told the Daily News from South Africa, where he is now working as a coach.

“Commitment was a huge factor, which the current team has.”

Gurumani also hailed Green Machine coach Cyprian Mandenge for transforming the club’s fortunes after joining the Old Boys from cross town nemesis Harare Sports Club at the beginning of the season.

“I give huge credit to coach Cyprian. He has archived a lot. He has brought back the old culture we had in 2005 when we last won the league, with his emphasis on discipline and fitness.

“I’m positive they will win, there are  some guys like halfback Tichaona Chidongo, prop  Alfred Sairai, as well as Costa Dinha and Prayer Chitenderu, who are I played with in 2005.  All thrive on family spirit and commitment.”

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