Sables player ratings

HARARE - Forwards Andrew Rose, Denford Mutamangira and Kingsley Lang outshone their teammates during Saturday’s Africa Cup match against Kenya at Prince Edward School.

Despite a good start, the Sables had to defend doggedly in the second half to secure a 28-20 victory at Jubilee Filed.

Below are the match ratings from the match. 

Prop Denford Mutamgamira 7

The skipper really led from the front and was solid in most scrums. He had the Kenyans tight head prop number and dominated all afternoon.

Hooker Royal Mwale 6

Durban-based front rower justified his inclusion with his immaculate throwing skills and consistently found his jumpers during line outs. He barely put a foot wrong and coordinated well with his other front rowers during scrums

Prop Farai Mudariki 5

The young prop has grown in leaps and bounds. You could barely tell that Saturday’s game was only his fourth test. He put in some big hits in defence and showed strong scrummaging skills.

Lock Fortunate Chipendu 4

The veteran lock had an off day; his handling skills left a lot to be desired and lost the ball in contact several times. To sum up his bad day he was sin binned for slowing play at the breakdown.

Lock Sanele Sibanda 5

He had average game by his standards but managed to score a try to justify his place in the team.

Flank Andrew Rose 7

He was immense in broken play and punched holes in the Kenya’s defence. When the going was tough, he was one of the few bright sparks that took matters into their own hands, going over the advantage line.

Flank Shingi Mpofu 6

The former Scotland-based flank, making his return after a year out, had a couple of runs with the ball and gave the Sables some momentum.

Eighthman Kingsly Lang 7

A strong ball carrier and was dangerous whenever he broke off the base of the scrum. The loose forward also exhibited great jumping skills during line outs.

Scrumhalf Charles Jiji 6

Another player making his comeback after a sustained period on the sidelines. He was efficient all afternoon with good distribution and recycled the ball well off the base of rucks.

Flyhalf Tichafara Makwanya 5

His kicking game in the first half was sound as he gained a lot of vital territory for Zimbabwe and kept  Kenya’s back three on the back foot. However, Makwanya was guilty at times for holding onto the ball for too long rather than spreading it out.

Centre Cleopas Makotese 4

He looked out of his depth perhaps age is finally catching up with him. Makotese struggled in defence and missed a lot of tackles. One wonders  how much more patience the technical team will have with him.

Centre Riaan O 'Neill 6

He scored a brilliant try and was lively throughout the match and attacked the line well. O’Neill also gave a decent role in defence.

Wing Tafadzwa Chitokwindo 6

The speedy wing was brilliant on offense scoring a beautiful try. Chitokwindo broke the line several times with his dazzling runs. He was, however, caught wanting in defence at times.

Wing Gardner Nechironga 3

He rarely saw the ball in offense and underperformed in defence. He missed tackles all afternoon and put the rest of the team under pressure. It was no surprise his shorts were still white at the final whistle.

Fullback Tangai Nemadire 3

He has put on a lot of weight for a backline player which seems to be hindering his mobility. Nemadire was a liability with bal in hand and most of his kicks went straight into Kenyan hands.

Replacements

Flyhalf Lenience Tamberwa 6

The Valke pivot has matured as a player and showed it when he was introduced in the second period, injecting life into the Sables backs with good ball distribution. He used the width of the field well.

Centre Boyd Rouse 6

He mended Zimbabwe’s defensive woes when he replaced Makotese making first time tackles stick.

Flank Biselele Tshamala  5

He was lively the few minutes he was on the park. Tshamala was very physical in clearing rucks and held up in defence well.

Comments (1)

Never been one to be aggressive in comments but these ratings are trash. Denford had a better game than Farai? Must have been the only one that saw that. Sanele was effective in the breakdowns, giving some of the biggest tackles in the pack. He was an engine all day. Shingi was definitely a 4. He didn't play his #6 role any well. Jiji gets a 6 when he was the standout player from the match? Definitely an 8 ranking. TMak was effective and besides one or two bad decisions, he did his job exceptionally. Garner was also good on the recovery and closed out his side well. No try was scored from his side then your comment is his shorts were clean? Be serious!

Big K - 17 June 2015

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