SA humble Zim Legends

VICTORIA FALLS - The Springboks Legends romped to a crashing 7-57 victory over a depleted Zimbabwe Legends side in a match hosted by the Africa Albida Tourism (AAT) at Victoria Falls Primary on Saturday night.

The visitors constituted of former Springboks and provincial rugby players and were under the guidance of Zimbabwe-born mentor, Ian McIntosh.

On the other hand the Sables Legends paraded players mainly from Matabeleland and missed some of the yesteryear rugby greats such as Grant Mitchell, Brighton Chivandire, Costa Dinha and Gardiner Nechironga.

Despite missing the services of these illustrious players Zimbabwe Legends coach Chris Lampard was impressed with his charges performance despite the defeat.

The South Africans went to half time with a healthy 34-0 lead as their pack dominated the hosts forwards.

World Rugby Hall f Famer Kennedy Tsimba, who made his entry into international rugby while playing for the Sables before switching allegiance to South Africa, dictated the game from his familiar fly-half position for the Springboks Legends.

Tsimba swapped sides with only a few minutes before full time and his introduction albeit in a full back position added some impetus into the struggling local side.

The former Free State Cheetahs fly-half gathered a high ball before setting up Simba Gonese who planted a brilliant try, which was the Zimbabwe Legend’s consolation.

After the match Lampard said: “Well its legends, the guys are getting a bit older. They are no longer as fast as they used to be. They are not switched on but they put some 100 percent effort and it serves me well.”

Tsimba was happy to play in Zimbabwe again after a long time.

“It was a wonderful occasion. I haven’t played in Zimbabwe since I left in 1998 so it was an honour,” said Tsimba.

“I have been trying to come and play but it just didn’t materialise because we (SA Legends) haven’t been able to organise games.

“I enjoyed playing rugby again and I feel like I should go and speak to the national team coach and see if I can get a jersey.”

Zimbabwe Legends: Brett Halloway, Dave Walters, Warren Wartzel, Sean Grant, Paul Staah, Sean Robinson, Bryan Ray, Greg Friend, Brian Sutherland, Juan de Plessis, Matt Smith, Maa Accorsi, Tapiwa Mangezi, Kiggen Walder, Brendon Williams, Gary Bowes, Rory Jackson, Sandile Sibanda, Silevele Kumalo, Andy Lowe, Don Jones, Simba Gonese, Tyron Von.

Springboks Legends: Louis Ronald Loubser, Kennedy Chiedza Tsimba, Sello Mametsa, Eugene Marx, Werner Cronje, Craig McIntosh, Hendrick Mentz, Grant Esterhuizen, Mcdonald Masina, Lawrence Sephaka, Gideon La Grange, David John Brooke von Hoesslin, Gert Andries van der Merwe, Jonathan Mokoena, Pieter Dixon, Neil Cole, Trevor Halstead, Wayne Munn, Phillipus Uys, Jonathan Brayley, Carl Terblanche (Assistant Coach), Howard Cleland, Terence Chapman, Ian McIntosh (coach)

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