Favourites Old Georgians (OGs) will be out to claim a clean sweep again this weekend when the curtain comes down with the third and final leg of the SPAR Sevens Summer Series at Harare Sports Club today.
Action kicks off at 11am. The Groombridge-based team, the national XVs champions, comfortably won the first two legs of the summer series held at Old Georgians and Old Hararians.
The three-legged series kicked off at Groombridge on October 23 with Old Georgians beating Gweru Sports Club in the final before dismissing Harare Sports Club the following weekend.
If Old Georgians manage to win again this weekend, they will ensure the title stays at Groombridge once more after their success in the other three- legged series played between February and March.
Cheetahs skipper Jacques Leitao, Fortune Chipendu, Njabulo Ndlovu, Kuda Chiwanza, Dylan Bradshaw and player-coach Grant Mitchell will be some of the players to watch in the OGs squad.
OGs will, however, be without hooker Simba Mandioma who suffered an ankle injury in action for Goshawks at the Safaricom Sevens tournament in Kenya.
Harare Sports Club, who fell in the final during the previous tournament will, however be difficult to beat in their own backyard.
Sportivo coach Cyprian Mandenge will bank on the experience of seasoned players like Tangai Nemadire, Sables skipper Daniel Hondo, Cleopas Makotose and Tafadzwa Mhende.
Other teams which are expected to take part include Bulldogs, Harare Sports Club, Old Hararians, Busters, Panthers, Shabanie, Mabvuku, Mutare, Mbare and Police.
Zimbabwe Sevens rugby manager Bruce Hobson said the SPAR Summer Sevens series was of strategic importance to the Cheetahs’ preparations for the IRB World Sevens series.
“SPAR Zimbabwe continues with its support for the Cheetahs team, by sponsoring this local series to help further develop rugby in the country.
“This tournament has opened a lot of opportunities for a lot of promising Sevens players like Kelvin Magunje and Charles Gwanzura from Gweru Sports Club, who made the Cheetahs and Goshawks squads at the Safaricom Sevens tournament in Kenya,” said Hobson.