Rose leads Boroughmuir to glory

HARARE - Zimbabwe national rugby team flank Andrew Rose put in a captains performance on Saturday to lead his Scottish club Boroughmuir Rugby to their first cup win in 10 years.

The Edinburgh's Premier Rugby club ran out 55-17 winners over Harwick at Murrayfield to lift the BT Cup.

The former Young Sables skipper, who earned his senior Zimbabwe debut at the African Championships in July 2013, resolutely led the Muir defence slow down the Hawick attacks and set the platform for the big win.

A half-time score of 36-10 suggested the game was practically over as a contest and so it proved in the second half as Hawick were again put on the back foot by ruthless Boroughmuir.

“We work very hard on our draft,” said Boroughmuir head coach Bruce Aitchison after proudly watching his skipper Rose lift the trophy.

“We did a lot of background and obviously being the team promoted we got first pick. We knew what we were after and have benefited from it.

For Rose, taking to the Murrayfield pitch was ambition he held in a long time.

Though born in Zimbabwe, he has settled in Edinburgh, and after losing seven of their first 10 competitive fixtures this season, just reaching the final is an achievement.

"It has been a dream of mine since I was very young," Rose had told Scottish media before the final.

"My mother is Scottish-born, from Aberdeen, and all her family is coming down to watch. To run out at Murrayfield and lead my team is an absolute honour for me and fulfilment of a childhood dream."

Rose was born on March 17, 1988 in the Zimbabwean capital.

He was schooled at Digglefold Primary School, Watershed College and later Peterhouse College, where he completed his high school studies in 2006.

At school, Rose played alongside Dave Denton and Tendai Mtawarira and captained Zimbabwe Under-19s, before following his Scottish connections and winning Under-21 caps for Scotland.

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