St George’s College put on a strong defensive display to hold on to a 14-11 win against Peterhouse Boys on Weaver Field on Saturday to keep their hopes of an unbeaten run alive
Two first half tries sealed the deal for the hosts. Though Peterhouse fought hard in the second half, St George’s defensive line did well under pressure to hang onto a 3-point lead. The visitors were first on the scoreboard through the boot of fullback Brandon Mandivenga and commanded play from that point on but St George’s managed to protect their try-line from any breaches.
Skipper Mashaya was next on the scoreboard to open his team’s scoring account and Mutukwa was not to miss the conversion as it was in front of the posts. The try came off a neatly worked overlap that was created by a brilliant show of pace and power by Bawden. For the first time in the match the hosts were in front. Peterhouse 3-7 St George’s.
Peterhouse dominated the breakdowns, line-outs and scrums resulting in a lot of turn over ball for them as well as forcing errors on the opposition. Dollar, Peterhouse scrum-half scored one for his team from the base of scrum on the five putting his team in the lead again. Peterhouse 8, St George’s 7. With only 5 minutes to play before the interval, Tande broke the hearts of Peterhouse supporters with a well-worked line break that saw him score the last try of the day and unknowingly win it for St George’s.
Mandivenga’s penalty in the second half brought Peterhouse up to 11 against St George’s 14. Peterhouse piled up all the pressure with the high ball and intelligent runs into space but playing on home turf St George’s held on for an eighth consecutive victory.
In other Super 8 matches played, Churchill disappointed Falcon winning 20-10 in Esigodhini. Prince Edward suffered a second defeat in a row going down 10-7 to St John’s College on Jubilee Field. Christian Brothers College are still to win a game in the league having lost 21-10 to Kyle College.
Peterhouse Boys 1st XV: 1. G Phiri 2. H Marufu 3. T Muringani 4. M Moodie 5. P Mudambuki 6. R Werret 7. D Moolman 8. C Root 9. A Dollar 10. M Marberly 11. T Musengezi 12. M Maparura 13. N Mukechi 14. D McRoberts 15. B Mandivenga Coach. Scott Gray
St George’s College 1st XV: 1. T Mujeni 2. L Ngwenya 3. T Mutataguta 4. T Kufazvinei 5. K Chisango 6. T Makumbinde 7. T Chirikure 8. I Bawden 9. N Zinyama 10. T Mapfumo 11. T Mazorodze 12. M Mashaya 13. C Tande 14. B Boshi 15. J Mutukwa Coach. B Brider