Rams edge Falcon in thriller

HARARE - St John’s College flyhalf Mufaro Mpisaunga scored a last minute try to give his side a hard-fought 21-18 victory over Falcon College at Jubilee Field during the Dairibord Schools Rugby Festival yesterday.

Falcon have over the past years dominated local schoolboys rugby and not many expected them to lose a single game at the festival this year.

However, the Esigodini-based side came up against a very determined Rams well-drilled by their coach Scott Gray.

The Mad Dogs thought they had snatched a win when big prop Cleopas Kundiona Jr dived over for a try to take the score to 18-14 in favour of his side with three minutes to go.

St John’s did not throw in the towel easily and drove towards the Falcon 22-metre line straight after the restart.

Falcon had a chance to gain some territory but centre Matthew McNab kick into touch did not gain much ground and the lineout was just outside the five-metre line.

The Rams worked the set piece well allowing Mpisaunga to score the try despite some dogged defending by Falcons.

Even the Samoa Under-20 players, who were in the stands, were impressed by the rugby on display and joined the Rams on the pitch to celebrate the win. 

It was a sweet victory for the Rolf Valley-based side which left Gray delighted with the way his side had defied the odds.

“It was a fantastic game of rugby. This was a good advertisement of schoolboy rugby in Zimbabwe. Falcon are an amazing rugby team and to have the opportunity to play against them here was just fantastic for us,” Gray said.

The former Scotland international flanker was pleased how his side recovered to win the game despite conceding a late try.

“All we could concentrate on was coming back. It showed great character; I think what that showed is that the boys didn’t give up, they didn’t stop believing and showed great character to come back and win that game,” he said.

“It very good for us (beating Falcon) but we will go back to the school and watch the video to see where we can get better.”

In other matches yesterday, Eaglesvale continued with their dominant display as they made light work of Plumtree to win 33-0.

Cyprian Mandenge’s men had started the festival with a polished performance by beating Milton 58-7 on Monday.

Hosts Prince Edward had to come from behind to force a 28-13 win over Kyle College.

Marlborough picked up their first win by dispatching Watershed 14-19 while Hellenic were 44-7 winners against Milton.

Midlands Christian College recovered from their defeat to Prince Edward on Monday by bouncing back with a 29-0 win over Allan Wilson.

Churchill Boys High put in a much improved performance after a 28-10 win over St George’s College.

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