The Kings of Peterhouse claimed the Super 8 title with a 27-17 victory over the Prince Edward Tigers in a thrilling encounter played in Marondera this afternoon.
Needing to win the match to claim the title, Peterhouse had what many would call a dream start to the encounter. The Marondera boys went 14 up against the visitors’ zero from a try and three penalties in the early moments of the game. A converted try brought the Tigers back in to the game just before half-time to go to the break trailing by seven points only.
Prince Edward came back from the break with more will-power and stunned the home fans with a quick try that was converted well by Tarisai Musakanda to level things up. Musakanda went on to wipe the smiles off all Petreans at the game when he scored a penalty from the 22-metre-line giving Prince Edward their first lead of the game, 17-14.
Peterhouse skipper, Daniel Moolman managed to keep his boys calm reminding them that it’s getting the processes right that’s important. “We’ve never ran on to the field with victory in mind, our main goal is to get the processes right and give it our all,” a jubilant Moolman told frontrowzim.com after the match.
A quick dash by Brendon Mandivenga through the centre broke Prince Edward’s defensive line. A well thought pass followed and Maparura crossed over for a try that put Peterhouse back in front. Another try for Peterhouse courtesy of Mcroberts streched the hosts’ lead and Mandivenga’s boot sealed the victory with a converted penalty in the last moments of the game.
The eight points gained from the match put Peterhouse back on top of the Super 8 1st XV log table. A position they had lost yesterday after St George’s College’s 41-11 win over St John’s College. See the full log table here.
Moolman couldn’t contain his happiness after the match. “I’m really happy and humbled that we managed to win the Super 8. We had a lot of self-belief and we carried on even when were down,” he told frontrowzim.com. The Peterhouse senior who also captained the Zimbabwe under 18 Craven Week side is in his last year at Peterhouse Boys. “It has been a great honour and very humbling to lead my country and my school. I really want to thank our coach Mr Scott Gray who has sacrificed a lot for us, making this great season possible.”
The win marks Scott Gray’s first win over the Tigers since his return to Zimbabwe but he will not sit back and enjoy the victory for a long time. 13 of the lads who started in today’s encounter are in their last year at Peterhouse Boys meaning that a number of boys will be promoted from the second team to do duty next season.