Peterhouse Boys kicked-off their Super Rugby Campaign in style as they downed Churchill 43 – 17 in their own backyard on Nigel Philip.
From their 14 men showing at the Cottco Schools Rugby Festival Churchill were favorites to win this one but the schoolboys from Marondera made a strong statement against the Bulldogs. A hanging kick-off that allowed the Peterhouse forwards to collect their own ball and set up their fly-half (Mandivenga) for a converted try under the sticks hinted at a long game for the hosts. Churchill managed to slow down the Kings of Peterhouse and got some points of their own on the score board to lead 17-12 at the break.
Zimbabwe Schools inside-centre, Takudzwa Kumadiro was excellent in defence putting in all the hits and at one point denying Maparura of Peterhouse what seemed like an obvious try. It would have been one for the television match official if he was available but the referee, Gabriel Masenda called it well nonetheless in not awarding the try. See our review of the decision here.
Peterhouse skipper Moolman was devastating with ball in hand and he mauled the bulldogs all over the park driving his charges forward. Impressive tactical kicking from Mandivenga kept Churchill on the back-foot and saw the Marondera boys score five answered tries after the break.
There was no Haka on Nigel Phillip on Saturday, a Kings ovation for the Bulldogs was on the cards instead.
Peterhouse coach Scott Gray was pleased by his sides performance but stressed the fact that they will take each game as it comes going into the season.
“It’s never going to be easy for anybody to come to Nigel Philip. Churchill are a fantastic side, they play a brand of rugby I could never ever coach, we are just lucky we came out on top today,” Gray told FrontRowZim.com. “We’ll go back and watch the video, see where we can improve and concentrate on our next being game which will be against Lomagundi next weekend.
In other super rugby matches played on Saturday Falcon and Prince Edward played out to a 28 all draw in Esgodini. St John’s College and St George’s College where ruthless against their opponents. Kyle lost 10-66 to St John’s while Christian Brothers College went down 10-63 to the Dragons of St George’s College. In the Co-Ed league Midlands Christian College thumped Gateway 41 – 10 while Eaglesvale won 12 – 3 against Petra in Bulawayo. Hellenic delivered a shocker as they overpowered Lomagundi 12 – 00.
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