St John's thump Eaglesvale

HARARE - St John's College overpowered Eaglesvale 27-5 in a one-sided match at the ongoing Dairibord Schools Rugby Festival here yesterday.

Due to the two schools’ rugby pedigree, the match was expected to be a tight contest, but it later turned out to be a one-sided affair.

The Rams ended up running out comfortable winners through tries from Cameron Harrison, Mufaro Mupisaunga, Ryan Boschi and Nick Wilson. The other try was a result of a driving maul as St John’s forward pack over powered their opponents.

The Rolf Valley-based school could have won the match by a wider margin but could only convert one of those five tries.

Eaglesvale were able to get on the scoreboard after a try from Ganazani Chiku.

It was a sweet revenge for the Rams after they lost to same opponents as last year’s edition.

St John’s coach Scot Gray, who was formerly with Peterhouse College, lauded his boys for a job well done. 

“I am happy with the win; the boys played with some passion and intensity,” said the former Scotland international.

“Eaglesvale was always going to be tough, they are strong and fast and we worked hard to try and contain them but towards the end we couldn’t, that’s why they got a try. They beat us last year and we knew we needed to work hard and I am happy the boys did well.”

Gray added: “We are now looking forward to our game against Prince Edward on Thursday. The Schools rugby competition is fantastic; it’s at an unbelievable level. It’s very good, good rugby. We gonna (sic) work hard to ensure we give people some exciting action.”

There was, however, some disappointment for the fans as they could not witness the eagerly anticipated clash between hosts Prince Edward and Peterhouse.

The rival between PE and Peterhouse is very intense but the tie could not take place after the Marondera-based school failed to travel to Harare after one of their player’s parent’s was involved in a road accident.

The Tigers went on to beat their second team 28-12 which was on standby in a drub match that resembled a practice match.

In other matches played yesterday, Watershed beat Marlborough 19- 8 with Lomagundi proving too good for Ellis Robbins Boys High running out 45-0 winners.

St George’s College walloped Midlands Christian College 48-12 while Hillcrest College lost to Petra 14-12 in a tightly contested encounter. 

Masvingo’s Kyle College were also too good for Allan Wilson as they ran out 43-0 winners.

In the final match of the day at Jubilee Field, Churchill Boys High performed poorly in the second half and lost 21-7.  

Selected Results: Watershed 19-8 Marlbrough, Hillcrest 12-14 Petra, Lomagundi 45-0 Ellis Robbins, Kyle 43-0 Allan Wilson, St George’s 48-12 Midlands Christian College, Eaglesvale 5-27 St John’s College, Prince Edward 28-12 Prince Edward 2nds, falcon 21-7 Churchill

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