Young Sables hang on to stay up

HARARE - Zimbabwe's Under-19 rugby team managed to hang on in the upper division of the Confederation of African Rugby (Car) Division 1A tournament after beating Tunisia 51-21 in the third place play-off match on Saturday.

The Young Sables had earlier got their campaign off to a disastrous start after going down 27-20 to Kenya in the first semi-final of Africa’s top four Under19 teams at the Hage Geigngob Stadium in Windhoek on Tuesday.

That result saw their hopes of qualifying for next year’s IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy in Portugal go up in smoke.

It also stretched their agony of failing to qualify for the world rugby junior showpiece for the third straight time.

But they did get solace after beating Tunisia in the third place play off.

Namibia went on to win the Under-19 Africa Cup in style with a comprehensive 52-17 victory against Kenya.

In Zimbabwe’s third place playoff win, they held a narrow 10-7 lead in the opening stages before turning on the style to run in eight tries for a comprehensive victory.

Zimbabwe’s try scorers were prop Farai Mudariki, wing Sean Coles, flanker Shepherd Mhembere, scrumhalf Sean Mwayera, and two tries each by wing Tawanda Ngosi, centre Hugo de la Fargue and substitute scrumhalf Tinashe Gwigai.

Zimbabwe’s flyhalf Tafadzwa Mukonyora added one penalty and four conversions for a personal tally of 11 points. For Tunisia, flanker Gares Kamel, wing Dhieddine Garali and centre Mohamad Ben Khlifa scored tries while flyhalf Sofiene Ben Aicha added two conversions and replacement flyhalf Elyes Boughanmi one.

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