Future looks bright for Cheetahs

HARARE - Zimbabwe's sevens rugby team can hold their heads high despite losing 21-15 in the final of the Harare International Sevens to a very well-drilled South Africa Sevens Academy.

Liam Middleton’s charges are certainly in the right path as the new young guns incorporated in the form of newboys Lenience Tambwera, Boyd Rous, Ben Nicholls and Hilton Mudariki who were only making either their second or third tournament appearance respectively for Zimbabwe, showed a lot of desire.

They really put up a good show over the two-day tournament and it shows the cheetahs’ future is in good hands.

Most outstanding player in the Zimbabwe outfit was pint-size gasman Stephen Hunduza, who barely made a mistake.

He was a livewire and his ability to exploit the tiniest of gaps proved to be the difference in most of the games, scoring four tries in the tournament.

His performance was an omen of better things to come for the Cheetahs.

Zimbabwe skipper Jacques Leitao hailed the new blood:  “The new guys really stepped up and it’s an exciting time for the country. The biggest positive we can take from this tournament heading to Hong Kong is the exposure the new guys got.”

SA Academy coach Mauris Schoeman was impressed with the talent that was on offer over the weekend and said:  “Zimbabwe has got lots of special talent and if Zimbabwe Rugby could get the same financial backing as South Africa, their rugby can get to higher levels.”

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