One sided affairs were the order of the day in the second day of the 15th edition of the Cottco schools rugby festival at Prince Edward School yesterday.
The big boys of schoolboy rugby flexed their muscles as they posted huge margins against the lower league teams. First on the guillotine for the co-ed league teams was Hillcrest who conceded 36 points to St John’s college. The Health International sponsored side managed to keep a clean sheet against the Manicaland side and set the trend for clean sheets for the day. Gateway were outplayed by Churchill who amassed a total of 64 points against the former’s zero total.
The boys from St George’s College were not sympathetic in their encounter against the midlands giants, Midlands Christian College. The Saints pack mauled Midlands Christian College all over the park registering a half century win over the Gweru team which finished scoreless. Despite their resurgence over the past two seasons Allan Wilson suffered a 38-0 loss at the hands of Peterhouse Boys.
Earlier in the day Benard Mzeki fought a losing battle against Kyle College going down 38-0. The match between Gifford and the touring South African side, St Martin’s was the silver lining and provided some relief for the schools rugby festival goers. St Martin’s came from behind to post a 20-19 victory against the Zimbabwean side. The other touring side, Windhoek Technical High from Namibia drowned Petra 53-3.
The last two games of the day were played under floodlight. In the first one the Willovale side Eaglesvale held their own against Falcon College with the later winning 12 – 5. It was an action packed match that managed to fill the stands around Jubilee Field.
It’s still too early to call it but strong conteders for the “Side with most flair” award are Churchill, Peterhouse and Windhoek Technical. There is also strong contention for the “Player of the tournament” award. The Churchill centre pairing of Mkhululi Ndhlela and Takudzwa Kumadiro as well as Newton Tanyanyiwa of Eaglesvale and Brandon Mandivenga of Peterhouse are likely nominations for the coveted award.
To top the day off for the big boys, Prince Edward posted a convincing 41-10 victory against Lomagundi College of Chinhoyi.