Exide 7s Series exceeds expectations

HARARE - The Harare Rugby Province National Exide 7s Series come to an exciting finish, as the top six teams contested and clashed for the bragging rights as National 7s Rugby Champions at Belgravia Sports Club.

The opening game between HORNS and Pitbulls set the tone for the rest of the finals — as each team left all effort on the field.

Mufakose, Harare Sports Club, UZ and Mbare Select complimented the Grand Finale, in their clashes, as they entertained all with high performance games.

After the preliminary clashes — the stage was set as Mukakose played UZ in the Plate Final with UZ claiming a 21-15 victory.

The Bowl Final saw HORNS take on Mbare Select — and was the most entertaining game of the day as the scores swung in favour from one team to the next.

Mbare Select found an extra gear in the dying seconds of the game to capture the Bowl title with a 21-17 win.

The resolute Pitbulls — who had proven their prowess in the previous weeks — found themselves in the Championship Trophy against many new faces of Harare Sports Club (HSC).

HSC came out on top as they saw off Pitbulls with a crushing Championship victory with a score of 31-19.

Kudos to all — as all teams left nothing to spare after all clashes, and entertained the spectators with amazing skill and talent.

Speaking during the prize giving ceremony at the end of the Grand Finale, Exide general manager Kudzai Pasipanodya complimented all the teams on their achievements and the success over the series which ran for five weeks.

Pasipanodya pledged a long time affiliation with the event and went on to invite other corporates to invest in Zimbabwe Rugby as is a viable growing asset.

Meanwhile, an open invitation was made to the Zimbabwe Rugby Union for the Cheetahs to play a combined HRP side during next year’s Exide 7s Series as part of their preparations the 2019 World Sevens Series campaign.

“This would certainly cultivate a new pool of national players to choose from — as national sevens selectors see the new intensely talented young blood worthy of national consideration and selection,” HORNS manager Shingi Vere said.

“This tournament is one of many planned for the 2019 season, by our HORNS executives, and will only induce Zimbabwe’s acknowledgement to compete and challenge others on international levels seen by our neighbours — Zambia, Kenya and South Africa.”


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