Sables ready for Madagascar


After Wednesday’s emphatic 84-10 victory over the Vultures of Botswana, the Sables will now shift attention to tomorrow’s Pool C final of the Confederation of African Rugby (CAR) Africa Cup against Madagascar at Hartsfield.
In a telephone interview with NewsDay from Bulawayo, Sables’ coach Brendon Dawson said the team was now geared up for the tougher assignment against Madagascar.
“The whole team playedsome exceptional rugby against Botswana which was good to see after losing our last two matches, but we don’t want to lose focus on Saturday’s (tomorrow) game.
“Madagascar is a very good side and they play a hard running game so Saturday’s game is not going to be easy.
“The team however is prepared for the challenge and we are aiming to come out with a positive result so that we qualify for the later stages of the competition,” said Dawson. In Wednesday’s game, Matabeleland Busters flyhalf Lloyd Turner who was making his debut for the Sables put up a splendid display, scoring a try, kicking in eight conversions and two penalties.
Six players were able to score tries for the Sables as they went on a rampage against a hapless Botswana who were left mere spectators during the match.
Madagascar showed that they are no pushovers as they dismissed Zambia 37-19 in an earlier semi-final match to book the date with Zimbabwe.
The Sables seem to be well aware of the challenge ahead when they battle against the Indian Islanders who were the 2007 runners-up.
Dawson also said it would be important for the Sables to win the final game as it would ensure that they play more games on the International Rugby Board (IRB) circuit.
According to the IRB , the world rankings are calculated using a “points exchange” system, in which sides take points off each other based on the match result.
The exchanges are based on the match result, the relative strength of each team, and the margin of victory, and there is an allowance for home advantage.
Madagascar are ranked 47th while Zimbabwe are 51st which means if Zimbabwe beats them they will claw up the rankings.