Junior Sables blown away

HARARE - An explosive second half performance by Eastern Province Country Districts blew away the Old Mutual Zimbabwe Under-18 rugby side on the fourth day of the Coca-Cola Craven Week here yesterday.

The Junior Sables had started like a house on fire, carving a 15-0 lead in the opening minutes but the exploits of lightning quick right wing Gevanhier Blom and double scorer Ansah Kwenzi were too much for Zimbabwe to contain.

Godwin Murambiwa’s charges played some wonderful rugby in those opening minutes of this encounter.

Hooker Tinotenda Masasanure consistently found his jumper at lineouts while scrumhalf Ernest Mudzengerere moved from ruck to ruck exquisitely recycling the ball.

It was from such a fast break that wing Russell Dinha turned on the after burners to put the first points on the board for Zimbabwe.

Wing Tinotenda Vheriwa stretched the visitors’ lead with a try of his own before some great forward play by lock Tinashe Muchena opened the way for Mudzengerere to dive over for a 15-point lead.

Zimbabwe’s flyhalf Benjamin Meredith, who had been colossal with the boot on day one, was, however, out of sorts yesterday and failed to convert any of Zimbabwe’s tries.

Eastern Province soon clawed their way back through quick tries from Dixie Grant, speedy right wing Gevanhier Blom whilst flyhalf Anthony Dakin was consistent from the kicking tee.

Lock, Stuart Dodington dived over for Zimbabwe’s fourth shortly before the break but Eastern Province ensured it remained a tight game with flyhalf Geoffrey Dakin slotting in a penalty before the buzzer.

However, after the break it was all one way traffic as Blom went on to complete a hat-trick and wing Kwezi a brace.

Centre Josie Niewoudt joined the party weighing in with a try as Zimbabwe struggled to hold their defensive lines together.

The referee finally put the Zimbabwean teenagers out of their misery but hopefully their pride would not have been dented ahead of their last festival game against Namibia tomorrow.

Zimbabwe: 15. Martin Mangongo, 14. Russell Dinha, 13. Shingirai Katsvere, 12. Jordan Zietsman, 11. Tinotenda Vheriwa, 10. Benjamin Meredith, 9. Ernest Mudzengere, 8. Aiden Burnett, 7. Cuan Zeederberg, 6. Stuart Dodington, 5. Tinashe Muchena 4. Kevin Chisango, 3. Cleopas Kundiona, 2. Tinotenda Masasanure, 1. Kenny Liam.

Comments (1)

well done sables keep it up

chiedza muchena - 20 November 2015

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