Young Cheetahs on fire

GABORONE - The Zimbabwe Under-18 Sevens rugby team yesterday produced three polished performances to book their place into the semi-finals of the on-going Africa Youth Games.

The Daniel Hondo-coached set the tone for the rest of Team Zimbabwe with blistering start, brushing aside the challenge of Tunisia 33-7.

Tries from Prince Edward wing Tristan Morris, flyhalf Shingirai Katsvere, wing Adam Theofliates and hooker Connor Pritchard made it a one sided affair with the North Africans having no answer.

The Young Cheetahs then dismissed Namibia 14-5 through two converted tries from speedster Morris.

They concluded their day’s play with another refined performance over Botswana 39-5.

The Young Cheetahs now face Kenya in the semi-final with a possible date against South Africa in the final.

Prince Edward school scrumhalf Ernest Mudzengerere believes the three wins will inspire the side to go all the way.

“We are beginning to have some structure. We have just been together for two days,” he said.

“Against Kenya our chances of winning are high they are playing 15s kind of rugby will just play them wide and hopefully everything will go our way.”

Elsewhere, the Zimbabwe Under-19 tetball team opened their campaign with an agonising 38-39 loss to Botswana.

Zimbabwe had looked set to override the hosts after taking an early initiative of 7-2 but Botswana crawled their way back into the game and eventually bagged the victory by one point.

Goal Attacker Sharon Bwanali was the toast for the Zimbabwean outfit shooting 27 points of her sides 38.

But after such an inspirational performance the Pamushana High School student watched in disbelief as her attempt on the buzzer, that would have tied the game, skewed off the ring.

Zimbabwe also made some strides in aquatics with several competitors qualifying for the finals that were scheduled last night.

Robin Lee was scheduled to take part in the 100metres backstroke, Chase Onarati in the 400metres freestyle and Chad Idensohn in the 100metres backstroke.

Ratidzo Mutangadura, Idensohn, Peter Wetzlar and Lee were set to compete in the four by 50 metres freestyle at the University of Botswana.

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