We're here to win — Sables

HARARE - Zimbabwe rugby coach Brendan Dawson says the Sables are aiming for nothing short of victory against Russia in a 2015 Rugby World Cup play-off on Saturday in Siberia.

Following the heartbreak in Madagascar earlier this month where the Sables missed an automatic ticket to qualify for England after coming second to Namibia, Zimbabwe continue to chase the World Cup dream via the gruelling play-off route.

“With what’s at stake we are here to win,” said Dawson. “I believe we have what it takes to win this match. We have been working hard as a team and everyone seems to be in a good condition.

“The boys are looking forward to the match and we are giving it our all. Its’ all or nothing.

“They are ranked above us yes, but we have never played them so as far as I’m concerned it’s anyone's game.

“We will go out there to win this match and we intend to play some attacking rugby.

“The team is ready and confident we will win this, everyone is looking forward to the game.”

Sables team manager Brighton Chivandire is also confident the squad is up to the challenge despite having to also battle the brutal Siberian conditions.

“It was a long trip but we got here safe, we met with the South Africa-based players in South Africa then everyone else in Amsterdam,” he said.

“The trip, however, took a lot out of the boys. We got to train four times so far in these two days. We started with pool sessions then a defence session on-field on Monday then on Tuesday we did the gym in the morning and another on-field session with the forwards.”

Zimbabwe scrumhalf Hilton Mudariki, who had a brilliant tournament in Madagascar, is excited by the prospect of facing the Russian Bears.

“I’m very excited about it, it’s a great opportunity to be part of this team and I am confident that we will make it despite the fact that it looks like a tough match,” said the Bucks New University student.

“I’m looking forward to the match against Russia and I am very excited to be a part of the team, I hope we will take a good result back home.”

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