Decision making cost Sables

HARARE - We have often been left in tears in Zimbabwean sport on most occasions we have put our fate in others’ hands.

A recent example was at the ICC World Twenty20 earlier this year when we needed Netherlands to beat Ireland to progress to the Super 10 stage of the event, which was not to be.

The Zimbabwe rugby side experienced a similar scenario yesterday when old Nemesis Namibia clobbered meek Madagascar 89-10 to progress to next year’s World Cup at the expense of the Sables, who had earlier in the day won 28-10 against Kenya to be on the verge of qualification.

Scoring a four tries would have secured the much needed bonus point, which was going to secure qualification. Having scored three tries in the match, Zimbabwe were one try away from qualification.

However, the Sables shot their selves in the foot with three minutes left on the clock when they were awarded a penalty in Kenya’s 22 meter line. They opted to go for post instead of line, a decision that went on to haunt them as Namibia eclipsed their points difference with resounding 89-10 win over Madagascar.

A line out or a scrum would have been the right option since they had the numeric advantage over the East Africans, who had one player dismissed for infringement at the ruck.

Given their pack of forwards had bullied the Kenyans all afternoon, the Sables were almost guaranteed of clean service coming off set piece.

A rolling maul of the line-out would also have worked out, considering Kenya seemed to have no answer to defending one.

Its back to the drawing board for Zimbabwe.

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