Young Sables go down fighting

MIDDLEBURG - The Old Mutual Young Sables kicked off their 2014 Coca-Cola Craven Week campaign with a disappointing 54-41 defeat to Eastern Province Country District in a high scoring affair here.

Zimbabwe head coach Godwin “Jaws” Murambiwas could not hide his disappointed after the match.

“We let in too many soft tries in the first minutes which cost us the games,” Murambiwa told the Daily News after the match.

“We are also lacking experience. We only had three players from last year’s squad, for the majority of the team. It was their first time on tour which was a tough lesson. This is the beauty of the Craven Week.

“We now need to work hard on our defence pattern for Wednesday’s game. We need to make those tackle stick and tidy up on the offense.”

The Young Sables struggled in defence especially in the first stanza were they missed a lot of first time tackles and were not aggressive at the breakdown.

Zimbabwe’s defending at times was just pathetic and the forwards failed to recycle the ball in the early exchanges.

This deprived the quick backline of on any clean ball as Eastern Province Country District eighthman Luigy Van Jaarsveld pinned Zimbabwe’s flyhalf Angus Bruce.

The Young Sables only cascaded into life in the last quarter of the match and started to show a bit of urgency and character.

This change in tempo by the Zimbabweans resulted in gaps opening up in the Country District defence.

The Young Sables were then able to run in a number of tries mostly from their pacey right wing Tawanda Ngosi, who scored a brace.

Inside centre Matthew Ushewokunze also ran in two tries while lock Tinashe Gonese and wing Brian Mhuriyengwa scored a try each.

Scrumhalf Campbell Nyakudya had decent day with the kicking tee as he chipped in nine points with his boot.

That late rally, however, was not enough for the Young Sables as Country District had already done the damage in the first half.

Comments (1)

well if most of the team where new they can be said to have had a good go at it. andpossibly in the next game they will have settled in for a better game.

benji - 16 July 2014

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