Junior Sables hopeful

HARARE - After a a bruising 24-54 defeat to Samoa in the opening match of the World Rugby U20 Trophy on Tuesday, the Junior Sables believe they will resurrect their campaign against Uruguay tomorrow.  

Zimbabwe are at the bottom of Group A with no points on the board thus far while Samoa shot to the top with five points.

Fiji, who beat Uruguay 38-34 on Tuesday, are in second place as they also have five points.

Uruguay are in third place courtesy of the two bonus points they picked up in that closely-fought match against Fiji at Harare Sports Club.

Only the top team from Group A will progress to the final of the tournament against the top side from Group B.

With one defeat already, the Junior Sables have it all to do in their remaining two matches against Uruguay and Fiji to seek a place in the semi-final.   

However, Zimbabwe Under-20 coach Brendon Brider said his side is ready to face the South Americas tomorrow and emerge with a victory to get their campaign back on track again.

“Obviously, it’s always hard to lose, but I think that’s part of our job as management to get the boys back into shape; both physically and mentally to ensure that we can go on to compete and beat Uruguay on Saturday,” Brider told the Daily News.

“We have got a good chance to win against Uruguay. Undoubtedly, it won’t be easy; they pushed Fiji right down to the wire.

“Fiji is a very good side so we have to perform if we want to win but undoubtedly they are also playing for a win.”

Uruguay were outstanding for most parts of the game on Tuesday and Fiji needed three late tries to win the match.

The South Americans will fancy their chances against the Junior Sables but Brider is confident they have worked on their shortcomings from the Samoa encounter.

“We just have been working on the areas of concern from our game against Samoa; trying to fix our areas of weakness and turn them into strengths,” he said.

The former Zimbabwe international is hoping the vocal home supporters will be the extra man to help push his side tomorrow at Harare Sports Club.

“We just hope that people can come out and support us. It’s wonderful you know to have a tournament like this at home,” he said.

“We had great support on Tuesday and we therefore hopeful of even better support on Saturday.”

Samoa will get the ball rolling tomorrow when they take on Fiji in the first match of the day at 10am followed by the Junior Sables-Uruguay clash at 12pm.

Later on, the two top teams in Group B; Spain and Namibia will go head to head in the third match of the day at 2pm.

The United States and Hong Kong will conclude the Day 2 programme of the second tier World rugby age-grade tournament.

 

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