The Zimbabwe U19 Sevens side rounded-up a painful mission down south, with a face-saving 10-0 win over Border Province at the @tlantic Sevens tournament in Pretoria.
The squad went through day one of the two-day tourney without a win and only managed to score twice throughout the course of the day. Zimbabwe lost 43-0 to Boland before going down 55-0 to Free State. The last match of day one was against the Golden Lions and our boys lost 19-14.
Though things lightened up on the second day with the Daniel Hondo-coached squad managing to score a few tries, the team could not progress to the Bowl final. Zimbabwe lost 24-19 to the Leopards in the Bowl quarter-final, hence they were relegated to the shield competition where they suffered a 31-17 defeat to Griquas. In the last match for Zimbabwe, the Shield third and fourth place play-off, our boys managed to keep Border at bay and register a 10-0 win. Their only win at the two-day event.
The saying goes, “you win some, you lose some” and with that in mind, we at Frontrowzim say well done to the boys and the technical team – Daniel Hondo and Steve MacDonald – for their effort and hope they have learned a thing or two from the experience, particularly the boys. Nonetheless we can’t help but wonder if the Zimbabwe Rugby Union made the right move in opting for the South African tournament instead of the Kenyan Safari Sevens where Zimbabwe would face healthy competition that would not kill the lads’ spirits.
Zimbabwe used to take part in the schools’ division of the Kenyan Safari Sevens and actually won the cup when they were debutants at the tournament in 2007. Cheetahs flyer, Tafadzwa Chitokwindo played in the 2009 edition of the same tournament. Maybe we should take part in that tourney more and use it as a stepping stone to the big ones, where the boys face stiffer competition. After all, this is the reason why we have never had our Sables pitted against the Springboks in a test match in recent times right?
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