We can do better – Mandenge

HARARE - Zimbabwe rugby coach Cyprian Mandenge feels his side’s performance in their Africa Cup opener against Kenya yesterday was far from convincing.

The Sables were able to hold out for a 28-20 win over the Simbas but Mandenge believes having a “crush programme” for a training camp did not help his team's cause.

Zimbabwe were far from being a well-oiled machine that Mandenge wants his side to be ahead of bigger opponents in the mould of Rugby World Cup bound Namibia.

“When we scored first, I think the guys thought it was an easy game. A bit of relaxing. I think the Kenyans also changed their game plan,” Mandenge told reporters after the match.

“They started running everything when they saw they were fitter than us because this is just our first game together.

“I think we can do better.  Its little things we still need to work on. But in terms of structure we kept our structure. And at some point our tackling let us down.”

His opposite number Jerome Paarwaterfelt his side could have easily won the game but their finishing left a lot to be desired.

“We had lots of opportunities to get points especially in the second half but we didn’t finish. The level of rugby in the Africa Cup is tough,” he said.

“If you don’t take your chances you not gonna win the game at the end of the day. I must say hats off to Zimbabwe they played well. I think the game was played in a great spirit.

“We just need to focus on our structure and we need to be clinical when it comes to put points on the board.  We had ample opportunities to get points but we didn’t finish.”

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