St George’s College recorded an impressive 42-18 win over Prince Edward School on Weaver Field at St George’s College on Saturday, having led 18-8 at the break.
The hosts dominated the opening phases of the match, but the “Tigers” defended their line well but in the process made a few mistakes. One of these mistakes resulted in a penalty which “Saints'” fullback, Jabu Mutukwa comfortably converted to open his team’s scoring account. Prince Edward found an equalizer through the boot of scrum-half Tari Musakanda off a penalty in front of the posts. For a moment the game hung in the balance before Morgan Vangue dived over in the corner to put Prince Edward in the lead much to the joy of stands which were packed with P.E old boys.
Mujeni scored the first of seven tries for St George’s College but the conversion was wide and once again the teams were level. 8-8 with less than five minutes left to play before the break. Two quick successive tries at the death of the first half, saw the hosts drift away and enjoy a 10 point lead heading into the interval.
St George’s scored their bonus-points-try under the posts soon after the interval and the conversion took the tally to 25-8 but Prince Edward was not out yet. Sheppard Mhembere went over the line from a maul on the five to keep Prince Edward’s hopes alive. It did not take long for the hosts to figure out how to counter Prince Edward’s maul and from that moment on it was all one way traffic.
Prince Edward’s defence crumbled under Mashaya’s high ball and Brandon Boshi’s chases piled a lot of pressure on the visitors. Wing Mbayiwa was outstanding on the attack and inspired St George’s College with ball in hand. As the game progressed “Saints” became too comfortable and at one point played an unusual 8-9-13 move that ultimately resulted in a second try for Mujeni, sprinting in a wing-like fashion from the 10 metre line to score one in the corner. A late try by replacement Mabenge at the death was nothing but a only a consolation for Prince Edward.
With the result, St George’s College have made a bold statement in wanting to achieve an unbeaten run this year. In other league matches played Peterhouse Boys made it three unbeaten with a 36-24 win over Kyle in Masvingo. A missed conversion was the difference between Falcon and St John’s in a match that ended 14-12 to St John’s College. The woes continued for CBC as they succumbed to a 47-11 defeat at the hands of Churchill in Harare.
Prince Edward 1st XV: 1. T Chikwezvero 2. A Tomas 3. S Dhlamini 4. K Ndoro 5. M Mafirakupa 6. R Mubaiwa 7. S Mhembere 8. A Sipriano 9. T Musakanda 10. G Muzeya 11. V Morgan 12. C Dhliwayo 13. W Mugomeza 14. T Moses 15. G Mavara
St George’s 1st XV: 1.T Mujeni 2. L Ngeya 3. T Mutataguta 4. T Kufazvinei 5. D Nyamaguma 6. T Chirikure 7. T Makumbinde 8. I Bawden 9. N Zinyama 10. T Mapfumo 11. F Mbayiwa 12. C Tande 13. M Mashaya 14. B Boshi 15. J Mutukwa