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Sables hope to upset Spain

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THE Zimbabwe national rugby side will be hoping to put up a better show when they engage Spain in their second and last match at the Windhoek Lager Tri-Nations tomorrow.

HENRY MHARA

Kick-off is 6pm at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek.
The Sables narrowly lost their opening match on Saturday afternoon, going down 37-33 to the host country.

In losing the match, the visitors scored four tries, one conversion, two penalties and one penalty try.

Reports from Windhoek said that Zimbabwe, who started the match slowly, were very poor in executing kicks and had they been better in that area of the game, they could have won the match.

Coach Brendon Dawson, who had to follow the team to Namibia, will again be looking to the exploits of fullback Tangai Nemadire who scored two tries in the losing cause.

Ticharwa Makwanya was also impressive, contributing to the scoreline with a try and some penalty conversion, although he was equally guilty in missing his team’s drop-kicks.

Sables’ team manager Losson Mtongwiza told the Namibian press that despite travelling with a depleted squad, he expected a better show from his charges.

“We have brilliant players in our squad. Not having foreign-based players is going to test our depth and ability and this could be the perfect chance for other payers to show what they are made of.”

Spain, who arrived in Namibia on Sunday, will be aiming to make their presence felt at the tournament. The European country, just like Zimbabwe, is using the three-nations tournament to prepare for the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow next year.

The two teams have met six times before with Spain winning four times while Zimbabwe won twice.

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