Murambiwa calls for change

DURBAN - Old Mutual Junior Sables coach Godwin "Jaws" Murambiwa feels the expectations thrust on the shoulders of his teenagers are unrealistic for a country lacking adequate structures to nurture junior rugby talent.

The Old Mutual-bankrolled side won one and lost twice match at the U18 Coca Cola Craven Week at Botha's Hill just outside Durban.

Having shown promise in their opening 16-9 win against Griquas Country Districts they were quickly put in their place with a heavy 78-5 defeat against GWK Griquas before concluding their tour with 34-3 loss to Namibia.

While the country's debilitating economy has not helped, Murambiwa believes they are housekeeping issues Zimbabwe Rugby Union and the country's education system should adopt to keep pace with evolving trends.

“It's difficult to say but they are things that need to change,” he said.

“This team was only together for six days. It's how it was done in the past but our competition has changed, we also need to adapt....we all know about education system (it's not sport oriented) and we all know and we all know that rugby is just another sport back home.”

He, however, wants his young lads to be commended for putting up a fight.

“We came first up we did what we had to do and we won that firs game (against Griquas) not having won anything since 2013..but after that you can put that down to the difference in depth,” he said.

“It's something we need to look at going forward. We need more depth in our replacement players.”

In order for all the players to get game time, the Craven Week rules stipulate that team must make at least eight changes to their starting XV every game.

Murambiwa reckons our local rugby is still stuck in the past while our regionals counterparts have moved forward.

“The Namibia game was always going to be difficult in that this is one of the better Namibian side I have seen...In as far as conditioning and mental strength they are way ahead of us,” he said.

“They are doing things differently to how we do things at home...They were here before us preparing (we only arrived a day before the tournament), all that adds up.”

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