Zimbabwe Under-18 . . . . (28) 68
Border Country Districts . . (0) 3
The Zimbabwe Under-18 rugby team recorded the biggest win at this year’s Coca-Cola Craven Week tournament following their 68-3 demolition of Border Country Districts in their first match, on day two of the junior rugby showcase at the GWK Park in Kimberley on Tuesday.
Although it took 15 minutes for the Young Sables’ cross-over for their first try, it was one-way traffic from there as they ran in nine tries to storm to a 28-0 halftime lead.
Impressive Kyle College outside centre Takudzwa Chieza opened the floodgates after 15 minutes with the first of his two tries after a darting run from his half before diving under the posts.
Bustling Prince Edward loose-forward Tapiwa Tsomondo then took over the show with two quick tries in the first half while blindside flanker Daniel Rorke of St John’s College turned on the heat in the second half with a brace of tries.
Winger Tarisai Ndudzo touched down in the corner soon after the restart before open-side centre Preston Bryant and scrumhalf Robert Sergeant completed the rout later in the second half with a try apiece.
Fly-half Luke Masasire was impressive from the kicking tee with 21 points, with a success rate of 80% and his work rate was impressive yesterday as he was involved in almost all his team’s attacks.
Border got their only consolation from a penalty by their fullback Devandré Sissing six minutes in the second half.
There was a clash of colours in the initial stages of the match before play was stopped after 12 minutes so that Zimbabwe could change from their strip into Griquas jerseys whose white stripe was thinner.
Despite the slow start it was still evident that the Young Sables were the better side, dominating the breakdowns and set pieces which laid the perfect platform for their quick talented backs to trouble their opponents.
Tries: Takudzwa Chieza 2, Tapiwa Tsomondo 3, Brian Ndudzo, Daniel Rorke 2, Preston Bryant, Robert Sergeant
Conversions: Luke Masasire 6
Penalties: Luke Masasire 3
Border Country Districts: Penalty: Devandré Sissing