Samoa thrash Junior Sables

HARARE - The Junior Sables were handed a rude awakening after they were crushed 24-54 by Samoa at Harare Sports Club on the first day of the World Rugby U20 Trophy yesterday.

Zimbabwe, who qualified for the tournament automatically as hosts, were never in the contest from the onset as they were missing tackles and failed to impose their game.

The Juniors Sables now have a tough task of making it into the semi-finals of the competition as they still have to face Fiji and Uruguay in their remaining Group A matches. Zimbabwe desperately need to win the tournament to gain promotion to play at the World Rugby Under-20 Championships to be held in England in June.

In the other results yesterday, Namibia edged the United States 46-44 in a thrilling match which kicked-off the proceedings in Group B. In the second Group B match, Spain dominated Hong Kong in a one-sided affair which finished 44-8 in favour of the Europeans.

Fiji emerged 38-34 winners against Uruguay in the other Group A match.

Junior Sables coach Brendon Brider said his side will now have to go back to the drawing board to prepare for Saturday’s must-win clash against Uruguay at the same venue.

With both teams having suffered heavy defeats in their opening matches, it will be a crucial match for the Junior Sables to win in order to keep their tournament hopes alive.

Zimbabwe round of their campaign with a clash against Fiji on May 1, at Harare Sports Club.

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