Cheetahs off to flyer in Hong Kong

HARARE - Zimbabwe's Sevens rugby team got its Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens campaign off to perfect start after wins over Barbados and Chile in So Kon Po yesterday.

Man-of-the-moment Stephan Hunduza epitomised Zimbabwe’s hunger for a spot as a core member on the 2014/15 HSBC World Sevens World Series by totalling five tries from both encounters.

The Harare Sports Club back weighed in with three tries as Zimbabwe ran riot over Barbados 49 - 5 in their opening fixture.

The Mbare Rugby Academy product’s brace then ensured the Cheetahs shrug off the stiff challenge of Chile, edging out the South Americans 19-14.

The African side closed day one leading Pool E with six points ahead of their date against top-ranked European team Russia today, another must-win match for Zimbabwe to progress in the tournament.

Russia occupy second place with the same number of points with Zimbabwe, but fall second due to an inferior Points For ratio.

The Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens is also acting as a part of the Olympic qualification process, set for Rio de Janeiro later this year.

Zimbabwe’s good start immediately drew the support of Zimbabwe-born Australia forward David Pocock, who Tweeted:

“Best of luck to @zimbabwerugby on their mission to qualify for the @IRBSevens circuit. So far so good.”

Zimbabwe will be hoping to improve on their handling going into their final pool match against Russia, as that has been their Achilles heel so far.

Liam Middleton will need his charges to fire consistently in the cut-throat tournament where just one bad game can spell your demise.

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