Western Suburbs fall short

HARARE - Bulawayo-based Western Suburbs succumbed to St John’s College second string side 17-10 in a tightly contested match at the on-going Dairibord Schools Rugby Festival here yesterday.

The match kicked off at an explosive pace as Western Suburbs took the Rams second team backline’s pressure attacking the Pavilion End in their stride.

Due to good coordination from the Rams’ forwards and backline, the Bulawayo side’s defence was the first to be breached through an unconverted try by Michael Shonhiwa.

However, Western Suburbs crawled back into the game through a penalty converted from the boot of Prayer Ngulube to earn three points after the St John’s forward pack was penalised for a knock on just outside the22 line.

Just after the restart, Western Surburbs attacked St John’s half with a good run from their forwards and their backline which resulted in Terrence Ncube planting a try after a good team move.

The Bulawayo-based schoolboys went into a 10-5 lead for a long spell but the pressure from St John’s was just too much.

Towards the end of the half, the Rolfe valley-based school’s pressure finally paid off when Emmanuel Magumise breached the Western Suburbs defence.

St John’s managed to convert their try and went into half time leading Western Suburbs 12-10.

After the breather, Western Suburbs returned with a slow tempo and the Rams took advantage by gaining a lot of territory and camped in their opponents half.

The pressure was just too much and the Harare school added another five-pointer when Richard Denton crossed the try-line after gaining ground following a scrum inside the Western Suburbs’ 22 line.

Despite the defeat, Busani Ncube, the Western Suburbs coach lauded his boys for putting up a spirited performance against their more illustrious opponents.

“I believe we played very well and compared to last year’s performance, we are a level up. I just hope that we can secure sponsorship for us to get a new kit. This will even motivate our boys to also perform better,” he said.

The Western Surburbs team comprises of players drawn from Bulaway- based schools such Entumbane, Hamilton and Foundation College among others.

Steve MacDonald, St John’s second team coach conceded that it was a tough encounter.

“It’s been a great game, the opposition we played against was fantastic, a very tough game for us but our boys did well and we are very pleased that we managed to get that win but still a lot of work for us to do,” MacDonald told the Daily News.

“I think the guys are just coming from the holiday and they are a bit tired and a little bit unfit and like I said we have got a lot of work to do. It’s the start of the season for us so we are very happy to have these games to get us to the position that we need to be.”

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