Prince Edward Tigers’ impressive home record in recent years went up in smoke after they were outmuscled 9-11 by local rivals St John’s College at the Jubilee Field in a rugby match on Saturday.
This was the Tigers’ second consecutive defeat inside two weeks after they lost 17-12 to their bitter rivals St George’s in the oldest schoolboy derby in Zimbabwe whose history goes back over 100 years.
Visitors St John’s College had a nervy start to the match which allowed Prince Edward to strike first courtesy of flyhalf Luke Masasire who slotted home a penalty early in the match.
Despite the early setback it was St John’s who settled quickly in the match, dominating phase-possession with most of their attacks spearheaded by their enterprising tearaway winger Wilson Seremani.
As the pressure increased, the Tigers became more error-prone, resulting in two penalties, which were both converted by their sure-footed flyhalf Jamie Forrester.
This served as a wake-up call for Prince Edward, who gave their vocal fans something to cheer about when Masasire slotted another penalty on the stroke of half-time to send the teams to the oranges deadlocked on six-all.
Despite St John’s College being the more dominant side after the breather it was the Tigers who took the lead after Masasire nailed over another penalty to give his side a 9-6 lead.
However, that would be the final straw as St John’s took control of the match thereafter with winger Ulrich Kontchou putting down the decisive try in the 63rd minute.
In other matches Peterhouse recovered from last week’s loss to Churchill with a 27-20 win over St George’s, while Lomagundi downed Falcon College 23-14.
A hapless Eaglesvale were just too lightweight for the highflying Churchill Bulldogs continued their impressive run this season with a one-sided 66-0 victory.
Kyle College dismissed Hillcrest 53-12, the match between Vainona High school and Allan had to be abandoned midway in the second half with the latter leading 12-6.