Independent Schools outclass Prince Edward

HARARE - The visiting English Under-18 side, the Independent Schools notched up their second win on the trot of their Zimbabwe tour by defeating Prince Edward School 6-26 yesterday

The visitors scored their first try in 13th minute when Marion Morgan after quick tap penalty.

Prince Edward replied in the 20th minute after a penalty from fly half Gifford Muzeya.

In the second half, the match was a tight affair but Prince Edward failed to convert their dominance into points.

The hosts missed three penalties that could have changed the complexion of the game.

Sensing the danger, the Independent Schools technical bench rang the changes by bringing over a dozen of players.

The move paid off as the momentum quickly shifted back into the visitors favour Jack Williams crossed the whitewash for their second try of the game.

Independent Schools big prop, Elliot Roofe scored another two tries to take the game away from the hosts, who could only add another penalty from Muzeya on the scoreboard.  

Will Porter completed the route with the final try of the match for the visitors.

After the final whistle Independent Schools team manager, Alex Laybourne attributed his team’s success to the second half changes they made. 

“We had a high impact bench today. We were only two points up with 15 minutes to go and the score line reflects how well they put us under pressure,” Laybourne said.

“With our large influx of players later on made the difference to the scores and we took the game away.

“We changed our game slightly and we were more direct to open up some more space and the luck of the bounce helped as it changed momentum.”

Laybourne was impressed by the conditioning of the Prince Edward players, who gave his team a good run before that capitulation in the last 15 minutes.

“The quality of play is unbelievable. The athletes you have here are just fantastic; good elusive runners, very quick and very powerful,” he said.

“We had a number of our boys who were pulled into touch today. Some of our quick guys were definitely put under a lot of pressure.”

Comments (2)

outclassed is not the right describing word for that game. P E held their own. even in your report the team manager acknowledges that PE were good.

shelton - 9 April 2014

As a businessman, I like the words order and communication, real success in a team based environment can achieved if there is order and communication.

Sheunesu Zinyeka - 1 July 2014

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