A great second half performance saw St George’s post a massive 41-11 victory against St John’s College in an emotional encounter played on Weaver Field at St George’s College.
The build up to the match was sobering but at the same time very inspirational. A full house at a midweek game is not a usual site but today’s match was a different one as a lot of people understood the importance of the fixture. Both teams walked on to the park instead of the usual run and knelt before the crowd in respect of Nick “Bunye” Burnett who passed away last week. Nick played eighth-man for the Rams and in his memory, his teammates put on a new, black and green strip with the number 8 at the back. The Dragons of St George’s all had black arm bands on.
From the kick-off the hosts seemed to be on the back foot as Rukudzo Gona’s high ball haunted them and they conceded a number of penalties in the process. Kurt Burger punished Saints from two of these penalties, striking them well to put points on the board for the visitors. Earlier in the encounter a switch move in midfield by Vickery and Chadwick had forced a line break with Gona at full back hitting the gap to score Rams’ only try of the match. At the death of the first-half Brandon Boshi sped home to score the hosts’ first try much to the pleasure of the home fans.
St George’s came back from the half-time break with renewed energy and outplayed the visitors in a blitz that saw them score a total 36 points. Munyaradzi Mashaya – Saints’ skipper – gained much-needed ground for his side with well placed territorial kicks that gave them a lot of scoring opportunities. Jabulani Mutukwa’s pace troubled St John’s College as he weighed home with three tries in the second half. Scrum-half, Zinyama and Mapfumo also added their names to the score sheet with tries for St George’s.
Nyamugama of St George’s had the home fans on their feet with his great run off a restart that saw him run all the way from his ten to St John’s College’s five-metre line. Stopped on the five by Vickery, Nyamugama offloaded to pace-man, Mapfumo who went over for another Saints try.
“We played as a team in the second-half and the team always wins,” Mutukwa told frontrowzim.com after the match. With the 41-11 win St George’s 1st XV have added 10 points to their log tally and they now stand a reasonable chance of defending their title as 1st XV Super 8 champions. Peterhouse who have fallen to second place in the standings will need a win against Prince Edward tomorrow to go back to the top and claim the 1st XV title.