Griquas hammer Junior Sables

DURBAN - The OLD Mutual Zimbabwe Under 18 rugby team yesterday resembled a new kid in high school after they were bullied 78-5 by Griquas with over a dozen tries in a match they would want to quickly forget.

Zimbabwe's wheels were off as quickly as the match begun falling to tries from hooker Anton van Romburg and flank Rian Kotze.

Both would go on to end the match with a brace each as Griquas pummelled Zimbabwe into submission.

Wing Cameron Hufke weighed in heavily from the kicking tee with nine points.

He would end the match with four tries to his name, punching holes at a side that offered little resistance.

The Junior Sables continued to do little to help themselves with the side's forwards slow to the breakdown while the rearguard missed tackles and were hapless in attack.

The sin binning of influential centre Matthew MacNab for holding on opened the floodgates as Griquas took full advantage of the extra man to heap more misery on the Junior Sables.

That the Junior Sables' pack was failing to feed the backline with clean ball meant it was always going to be a long day for the teenagers.

Griquas were all the more grateful for the lack of resistance, setting themselves up for a big score as they led 26-0 at half time.

Falcon College centre MacNab would later add some respectability to the score with an unconverted try.

But either than that it was an afternoon to forget for Zimbabwe's teenagers as Griquas were soon back on the ascendency.

They further put daylight between them and Zimbabwe with tries from wing Gladwin Nieuwenhuizen and a brace apiece from fullback Ashwill Botha and centre De-An Ackermann.

Old Mutual Zimbabwe Under 18 rugby coach Godwin Murambiwa was understandably distraught by his side’s meek performance which can best be described as a reflection of the state of rugby in the country.

Murambiwa felt his team simply did not bring their best to the table and lost the will to win early in the first half.

If recent events are anything to go by Zimbabwe's nightmare is unlikely to be over as they are set to play Namibia, who beat Griquas 54-36 earlier this week.

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