Sportivo end season unbeaten

HARARE -  Harare Sports Club (HSC) coach Daniel Hondo and his charges are basking in glory after ending the 2018 National Rugby League season unbeaten with a 26-14 home win over Old Georgians (OGs) on Saturday.

Sportivo managed to score four tries through fullback Tadius Hwata, wing Takudzwa Francisco, centre Absolom Makoni and prop Cleopas Kundiona.

Saturday’s performance means HSC ended the dominance of OGs, who had won the domestic rugby championship in the last two years.

“It’s been a good season and credit must go to the boys for working hard through pre-season and throughout the entire season,” Hondo told the Daily News.

“It started off with us having our goal of winning the league and going to the Gold Cup; we took it game by game, we just had to perform in each game and winning the final this past weekend was a great achievement.”

Hondo, who is also the Sables’ assistant coach, praised his entire squad for a showing a determined effort throughout the 2018 campaign.

“I cannot single out a single player for our success because it has been a team effort. Every individual had their set goals and they had to work on them to help the team achieve its objectives,” he said.

After playing second fiddle to OGs in the past two seasons, Hondo is pleased that his Sportivo side has managed to turn around the tables.

“I think OGs have been really dominant in the past two or three years,” Hondo said. “Last year, it was really close and we actually thought we had read their game but this year we have been dominant.

“We hope that we can continue doing the same, work harder, come back next year and achieve even better.”

Winning the domestic rugby championship comes with a ticket to represent Zimbabwe in the South African Rugby Union (Saru) Gold Cup competition.

This time around, HSC will be the country’s hope in the competition when it finally kicks off later in the year.

At the moment, there is a bit of uncertainty in the competition’s dates owing to Saru’s precarious financial situation, never the less, HSC are hoping to do their best against opposition from across the Limpopo.

“For Gold Cup, our target is to go as far as we can. This is our first time playing in this competition and we are hoping to do well,” Hondo said.

“We will play the same rugby that we do play and we will see where it takes us.”