We are not there yet: Chiutare

HARARE - Harare Sports Club team manager Blessing Chiutare has urged his charges to keep the momentum going and not get ahead of themselves after they claimed the scalp defending National Rugby League champions Old Hararians on Saturday.

Sports Club needed a spirited comeback to extend their NRL unbeaten run to seven games with a 38-28 victory as the defending champions succumbed to their second defeat on the trot.

The result pushed Sports Club further ahead of the chasing pack, enhancing their ambitions to reclaim the NRL title they lost to Old Boys last season.

“Well obviously we are happy, make no mistakes about that,” Chiutare told the Daiy News.

“Every time we beat our rivals across town, it’s always a good feeling but this is just one step. We are happy. We are very excited. But we are not comfortable.

“We are trying to make sure we don’t get complacent and keep the momentum going.”

Chiutare believes Sportivo should keep their heads between their shoulders despite their blistering start to the 2014 season that has already claimed two giants in the form of Old Hararians and Old Georgians.

“Each game has its learning point. So we are still learning. We are yet to play Old Miltonians from Bulawayo so we are not there yet. No game is easy we are going to keep pushing.”

Old Hararians coach Cyprian Mandenge said he his side was not panicking despite their difficult start to the season.

The NRL defending champions have lost twice and won thrice in their opening five games.

“There is still a lot to play for this season. We have seen teams go unbeaten in the season and lose in the round robin stage,” Mandenge said.

Mandenge felt his players gave it their all on Saturday despite coming off second best.

“Rugby would be better with an all-round performance from players and officials. We scored a try but it was not given, but it’s one of those things,” he said.

“For me it’s not always about winning. If you do everything that I would have asked you to do then I would be proud. I feel the players gave it their all but their some elements were against us.

“Its work in progress for us, we have lost some players so we are rebuilding with every game we are improving.”

Comments (1)

weldone sportivo you make proud hey. once a lion always a lion.

warren chimene - 10 June 2014

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