More than a hundred boys converged at Gateway School to prove their worth and stand a chance to represent Harare province in the upcoming inter-provincials. Traditional Harare schools rugby rivalries kept the spectators entertained after lunch. The co-educational schools Gateway and Eaglesvale were pitted against each other for a 13:15 kick-off. Boys’ schools Churchill and Prince Edward played at 14:40 and straight after that St John’s College and St Georges College settled their scores in a match that started at 16:00.
Eaglesvale had to play catch up in their encounter against Gateway to emerge winners. The hosts lead 3 – 0 at halftime and managed to extend their lead to 6 – 0 with only three minutes played in the 2nd half. Gateway scored a try half-way through the 2nd half but Eaglesvale managed to run at them and score four tries to clinch a win. Chirimunjiri of Eaglesvale had the whole crowd on their feet when he weaved his way through the Gateway defence all the way from deep inside his half to score in the corner. Final score was Eaglesvale 20 – 11 Gateway.
The match between bitter rivals Prince Edward and Churchill Boys did not live up to most fans’ expectations as it was sided. The Bulldogs failed to match the expertise of the Prince Edward Tigers as they went down 38 – 10. Taru Musakanwa, the Prince Edward scrum-half troubled the Churchill defence with his quick ball and spot on passes.
The last game of the day was between St George’s College and St John’s College. The fly-half from St John’s kept the St George’s backline on the back foot with his clever runs. St John’s drew first blood from a penalty. The St George’s boys had a number of clear-cut chances but unforced handling errors were their nemesis. At half-time St John’s College was leading 6 – 0. St George’s College scored the only try of the game but failed to convert to leave St John’s College in the lead with 6 – 5. The Rams’ fly-half had two more chances to add points on the score board for his team and he did just that to leave the final score at 12 – 5 in favour of St John’s.
The team list of the boys that are going to represent Harare Province will be made available here.
Photography by Lucy Broderick