Barbarians beat Zim Under-19

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The British Independent Schools Barbarians side beat Zimbabwe Under-19 side 21 – 14 in a closely contested rugby match at St John’s College Wednesday.

Playing at St John’s College, who are celebrating their 25th anniversary, a win for the Young Sables could have been a befitting present but two tries apiece from Jamie Harris and Alex Wilckockson, Charlies Jewers’ three penalties and two conversions proved to be a hindrance.

Young Sables’ captain Hilton Mudariki’s three penalties and Victor Mushoriwa’s try in the first half were not enough for the Brighton Chivandire coached side who were struggling with their tackling.

The home side went to half time trailing 6-5 in a nail-biting first half in which both sides were attacking through the centre and not the wings.

However poor tackling on the part of the Young Sables and lack of handling skills proved too costly for them in the second half as they allowed the tourists to romp to victory.

Chivandire, who was using the game as part of their preparations for the forthcoming Junior World Rugby Trophy expressed satisfaction with his charges.

“I would have wanted to win the game, but it was always going to be difficult playing kids from top United Kingdom schools.

“However, there were some positives in this game as we were watching a number of players who will be playing in the Georgia Championships in May. We had players like Denham Zimbudzana, Mclean and Victor Mushoriwa who are part of the national under-20 side,” he said.

The Barbarians’ team manager Edwin Doram said they were not expecting a win against the Zimbabweans.

“It is always difficulty to play against Zimbabwe in every competition. They are a very good side and we are excited to have won the match. You have to play very well to beat them and I am happy that the boys have managed a win,” he said.

The Barbarians play Goshawks Thursday.