Old Georgians revel in victory over False Bay

HARARE - Old Georgians (OGs) coach Grant Mitchell has described his side’s famous 15-17 victory over Direct Axis False Bay in the first leg of their two-game Isuzu Rugby Series as a huge effort by the Groombridge-based outfit.

The Dragons drew first blood at OGs Sports Club on Saturday as False Bay got off to a false start in a low-scoring but yet entertaining encounter.

Mitchell expressed satisfaction at the job done so far in matching their more illustrious South African visitors.

“The win versus False Bay on Saturday in the first match of the Isuzu Rugby Series was a big one,” Mitchell told the Daily News.

“False Bay are a top side, they are defending Gold Cup champions they have won the Western Province Super League.

“They are an established rugby club in Western Province and South African rugby structures and they operate a professional system both on and off the field. For them to come all the way to Zimbabwe is a big effort and for OGs to beat them is a massive thing.”

Saturday’s match was the second meeting between the two sides with the first one coming two years ago in the Gold Cup.

That time around, False Bay emerged victorious with a 38-25 win at Constantia Sports Complex in Cape Town.

Although Saturday’s game was in a different competition, Mitchell was satisfied with the effort put in by his team.

“It’s huge for club rugby here in Zimbabwe and it’s obviously even bigger for OGs. It’s been a lot of work behind the scenes to make this happen,” he said.

“It’s all been done out of the efforts of OGs Rugby Club and there’s no assistance from outside. What makes it even more special, is that the event is ours and the event is as a result of our efforts and to be able to put the work in as a club to make the tour happen and then for the players to put the work in the gym and on the field for nine weeks leading up to the first match is a huge effort.

“So I’m very proud of the club, very proud of the brand of OGs and we looking forward to this weekend.”

The second match in the Isuzu Rugby Series is set for this Saturday at OGs Sports Club and False Bay will probably looking forward to win and draw the series.

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