Zim U16 show Sables the way

HARARE - The Old Mutual Zimbabwe Under-16 rugby team yesterday showed the national rugby side that Namibia is not invincible after all.

The Junior Sables put up a courageous fight to beat Namibia 21-7 in the Coca-Cola Grant Khomo Week at the Izak Steyl Stadium in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa.

Namibia have become Zimbabwe’s bogey side across junior and senior rugby set ups, but many local rugby fans hope yesterday’s result will set the tone when the Sables face Namibia in an Africa Cup Group 1A match on August 15.

Yesterday’s victory was Zimbabwe’s second win of the tournament having thumped Boarder CD 36-3 in their second match of the Youth Week.

Spurred on by a brace from Munashe Kamera, Zimbabwe were in good form against Border CD leading 15-3 at half time.

Chipo Mupeso, Jack Charsley, Desmond Annandale and Tafadziswa Bunu also got on the scoreboard as Zimbabwe continued to deliver a solid attacking effort which earned them a rewarding 36-3 victory.

They had, however, breathed hot and cold air in the opening match of the Coca-Cola Grant Khomo Week agonisingly losing 20-17 to a spirited Griquas outfit.

In that encounter, Zimbabwe put up a good fight in a tightly contested first half which saw both teams scoring only one try.

The Kimberly side added two penalties to secure a 13-5 lead at the break.

The teams continued to put their bodies on the line in the second half, and Zimbabwe had the upper hand in terms of tries as they ran in two more tries to only one by Griquas.

The visitors’ place-kicking, however, let them down.

In the end Zimbabwe fell short to Griquas who were in fine form from the kicking tee.

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