Namibia humble Junior Sables

STELLENBOSCH - The Junior Sables’ hopes of ending a five-year wait to beat old rivals Namibia were brought to a crashing halt during the final day of the Coca-Cola Craven Week rugby tournament yesterday.

This was a match which the Old Mutual-sponsored Zimbabwe Under-18 rugby squad’s lack of preparations was clearly exposed.

The Junior Sables, who had two training camps in drips and drabs before embarking on this age Coca-Cola Craven Week tournament, were out of sync for most parts of the game.

They were losing ball at contact, failing to find touch and being bulldozed at scrum time.

It thus came as no surprise when hooker Stefan Hattingh dived over for Namibia’s first try after Zimbabwe were pushed over their own ball during a scrum.

But just like in their previous matches, Godwin Murambiwa’s charges were committed to the cause in the first half.

Hooker Brian Muntanga scored Zimbabwe’s try which was converted by flyhalf Benjamin Meredith to level the scores.

That was the last time the Junior Sables troubled the scoreboard operator as the two teams went into the break tied at 7-7.

Namibia went on to overrun their opponents with relative ease in the second period.

Their fullback Andre Van der Berg was deadly from the kicking tee whilst centre Brandon Groenewald also weighed in with a try of his own

Zimbabwe’s misery was made worse when lock Levi Fargnoli was sin binned for cynical play, living the side to play out with 14-man against the onslaught of a Namibian side that had found momentum.

It continued to be downhill for Namibia, lock Le Beau Du Preez, forward Jay-C Cor Nel Olivier, and Andre Van der Berg all crossing the whitewash.

In the end their dominance over Zimbabwe’s Under-18 side continued with the last time the Junior Sables beat Namibia being as far back as 2010.

It was also the fifth time in Murambiwa’s coaching history that he has lost to Namibia.

For the young side, they will return home with three defeats and no victory, having lost to Griquas Country Districts 17-12 before being blown away by Eastern Province CD 51-20, despite getting off to a fiery start in both encounters.

However, Murambiwa will hope the teenagers’ experiences here in this Western Cape province will see them emerge with their pride intact.

Zimbabwe15: Tarisai Mapfumo, 14. Sam Phiri, 13. Shingirai Katsvere, 12. Martin Mangongo, 11. Tinotenda Vheriwa, 10. Benjamin Meredith, 9. Ernest Mudzengerere, 8. Aiden Burnett, 7. Cuan Zeederberg, 6. Stuart Marriot-Dodington, 5. Tinashe Muchena, 4. Levi Fargnoli, 3. Cleopas Kundiona, 2. Brian Muntanga, 1. Sam Garnett

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