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Young Sables out to restore pride

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The Zimbabwe Under-18 rugby team will be out to restore lost pride when they take on traditional rivals, Namibia, in their last match at the 2011 Coca Cola Craven Week in Kimberley, South Africa Saturday.

The match kicks off at 0940 hours at the GWK Park.

The Young Sables were brought down to earth after a 81-7 thrashing by the Limpopo Blue Bulls on Thursday after having got their campaign off to a flier with a 68-3 demolition of Border Country Districts on Tuesday.

The Namibians also go into today’s match with a similar record as Zimbabwe after they beat Leopards 40-19 in their first match before losing 53-3 to Griquas in their second match.

Today’s match will be of huge significance for both teams as they are set to clash in the Confederation of African Rugby (CAR) Under-19 Championships in the capital next week.

Matches against the two teams have always attracted a lot of attention and this time will not be different as Zimbabwe has dominated recent meetings between the two teams.

Zimbabwe Under-18 coach Godwin Murambiwa said he was hopeful his charges would maintain their dominance against the Namibians.

“After a long time of beating them (Namibia) at this stage they are obviously coming into the match with revenge in their mind. They will also want to use the outcome of the match as a yardstick of where they are now ahead of the CAR Under-19 Championships we are hosting month-end, but we are going to play our normal game,” he said.

“We want to try and make sure that we maintain our dominance against them and remain confident ahead of the World Cup qualifiers. The week here has been a great experience for these youngsters and we are going to make every experience educational in developing our game.”

Murambiwa made six changes to the side that beat Border Country Districts in the game against Limpopo and by the time he tried to get the first-choice players back it was already too late.

Zimbabwe: 15 James Forrester, 14 Sean Zeederberg, 13 Takudzwa Chieza, 12 Preston Bryant, 11 Tari Ndudzo, 10 Luke Masasire, 9 Robert Sargeant, 8 Gareth Meikle, 7 Rock Rorke, 6 Tapiwa Tsomondo, 5 Rob Zee, 4 Matthew Lawson, 3 Joshua Smallbones, 2 Rees Surtees, 1 Kudakwashe Makuvire.

Replacements: 16 Andries Petrus van Heerden, 17 Junior Hlahla, 18 Kumbirai Makanza, 19 Jacko Bruk-Jackson, 20 Tatenda Zinyemba, 21 Andrew Wilkinson, 22 Sam Musiyarira.

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