OGs extend Sevens dominance

HARARE - Old Georgians continued their dominance on the Zimbabwean rugby sevens scene after overcoming Harare Sports Club 24 - 15 in the final of the latest round of the Sevens Summer Series on Saturday.

Ably guided by the exploits of stalwarts Jacques Leitao, Fortune Chipendu, Craig Elcombe and Kuda Chiwanza, OGs were a cut above competition throughout the tournament.

In the semi-finals, the Dragons beat tBusters 17- 7 while Sports Club overcame Northern Academy 25- 10 to set up a final showdown.

The Dragons had topped Pool A, which consisted of Western Panthers and an Under-19 dominated Northern Academy.

“To play at this level and in this tournament you have to be confident. Confidence comes as a result of strategic preparation and a complete trust in your own abilities, the team’s abilities and in the abilities of the coaching staff,” Old Georgians coach Grant Mitchell said.

Mitchell also lauded a number of emerging talent amongst his ranks.

“Newer players such as Boyd Rouse are outstanding, he has grown tremendously as a player and his abilities are world-class. We have some first timers to OGs 7s in Chris Tutani and Kyle De Beer who are proving to be very valuable and hard-working players, “ he said. 

"Our two youngest additions are Ivan Bawden and Joseph Du Preez, who are only experiencing 7s for the first time, they have accepted the responsibilities of playing for OGs and they have huge potential in Zim rugby.

“Our two youngest additions are Ivan Bawden and Joseph Du Preez who are only experiencing 7s for the first time, they have accepted the responsibilities of playing for OGs and they have huge potential for Zimbabwe Rugby at large.”

With the National Rugby League suspended over unavailability of funds, Mitchell feels the tournament has been a welcome relief for both clubs and rugby spectators.

“This tournament has done the locally based players a tremendous favour with regards to giving them a reason to compete again, to play for their club again and to play rugby every weekend. No player wants to train for nothing, they want to train to play.”

The Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) was using the series as platform to finalise selection for the Zimbabwe 7s team.

The Cheetahs will represent the country in the Confederation of African Rugby Sevens tournament, to be held at Harare Sports Club on November 29 and 30.

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