RESURGENT former champions Old Hararians maintained their position at the summit of the Lion Lager National Rugby League after running a crushing 56-0 win over Western Panthers at Hartsfield on Saturday.
The Cyprian Mandenge-coached side, who are now almost guaranteed of securing a home semi-final, hardly broke a sweat as they ran in 10 unanswered tries on their march to victory.
Back-liner Patrick Tenesi ran in a massive five tries with Costa Dinha, Gardner Nechironga, Lungile Tshuma, Chido Kapenzi and Denzo Mpuradzo managing a further try apiece.
The bonus point win ensured Old Hararians, who have now amassed 39 points, maintain a nine-point advantage over second-placed Old Georgians.
Old Georgians bagged a bonus-point win of their own after dismissing Old Miltonians 38-5 to remain within touching distance of the log leaders on 30 points.
Reigning champions Harare Sports Club remained in third position on 27 points despite registering the biggest win at the weekend after their one-sided 100-3 win over basement side Zvishavane Bulls.
Matabeleland Warriors enhanced their chances of reaching the semifinals after a narrow 26-25 win over Gweru Sports Club at Hartsfield.
The win saw them reclaiming fourth position on the eight-team log standings from Western Panthers courtesy of a superior point’s difference as both teams have 18 points.
Lion Lager National Rugby League Results:
Matabeleland Warriors 26 Gweru Sports Club 25, Old Georgians 38 Old Miltonians 5, Old Hararians 50 Western Panthers 0, Harare Sports Club 100 Zvishavane Bulls 3