Junior Sables ring changes

HARARE - The Junior Sables technical department has made four changes to the team to face Fiji in today’s World Rugby U20 Trophy Group A match at Harare Sports Club.

Front rowers Tinotenda Musasanura and Justin Mendelsohn have been dropped to the bench together with lock Tinashe Muchena and second centre Mudiwa Manhombo.

Hooker Lebogang Ngwenya and tight head Tanaka Chikwezvero have been brought in to give some impetus to the Zimbabwe front row which was destroyed with two heavy loses to Samoa and Uruguay.

St Benedict’s College lock Tatenda Zhoya comes in to replace Muchena while Tadiwa Gochera replaces Shingi Katsvere at fly half.

Katsvere retained his place in the team but will play at second centre against Fiji today.

Zimbabwe’s hopes of reaching the final of the age-grade tournament were extinguished by the heavy defeats to Samoa and Uruguay.

Brendon Brider’s side began their tournament with a 54-24 defeat to Samoa last week Tuesday.

Despite a much improved second half performance, the Junior Sables also lost 50-22 to Uruguay in their second match last Saturday.

In both loses, the Zimbabwe teenagers  made some elementary mistakes and have been punished dearly by their opponents.

Except for a few flashes of brilliance from one or two individuals, the Junior Sables have generally underperformed thus far.

Brider is fully aware of the tactless displays shown by his side and has targeted today’s match against Fiji as a must win.

“Obviously, we have got to pick up the guys. It’s going to be hard to pick them up after two huge loses but you know what, that’s what our job is as management and coaches,” Brider said after the loss to Uruguay.

“We have gotta (sic) sort out ourselves and make sure we pitch up here on Wednesday (today) to try and give these wonderful supporters a win not just a wonderful tournament.

“Obviously, our points difference is huge after these two big loses but if we beat Fiji we can actually end up finishing second in our group still. Our points different is not great so we have to play better and try to get a ‘W’ under our name.”

Brider added: “The guys made a lot of simple mistakes and we got to correct those. You cannot make simple mistakes at this level and expect to beat top quality sides like Uruguay, Samoa and Fiji.

“If we concede one try, we end up conceding three. We have got to get that belief that we can fight back.”

Group leaders Samoa, who have 10 points, will battle with Uruguay in the 2pm kick-off for top spot in the group and a place in Sunday’s final.

In group B, Spain and the United States will lock horns for the top spot in the last match of the day which starts at 4pm.

Namibia and Hong Kong will meet in the other Group B match at 2pm.

Junior Sables Starting XV: 15. Tarisai Mapfumo, 14. Sam Phiri, 13. Shingi Katsvere, 12. Angus Bruce, 11. Kudzaishe Munangi, 10. Tadiwa Gochera, 9. Takudzwa Gamanya, 8. Aiden Burnett, 7. Connor Pritchard, 6. Tapiwa Mangwana, 5. Kudkwashe Ndoro, 4. Tatenda Zhoya, 3. Tanaka Chikwezvero, 2. Lebogang Ngwenya, 1. Rodrick Mubayiwa.

Replacements: 16. Tinotenda Musarurwa, 17. Justin Mendelsohn, 18. Tinashe Muchena, 19. Daniel Nyamugama, 20. Ernest Mudzengerere, 21. Mudiwa Manhombo, 22. Tatenda Matoramusha

Comments (1)

that is a clear sign of poor preparations. we need heavy investment to change fortunes!!!!!

zvayati - 27 April 2016

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