Prince Edward Tigers were the toast of the day as they won all their three games on the opening day of the Zimbabwe International Sevens tournament at Harare Sports Club.
The tournament kicked off at 3pm with a Mbare – Eaglesvale match-up that didn’t go too well for last year’s champions, Mbare as they were handed a 22-5 defeat. Mbare however went on to win against St John’s College and Hellenic. Mbare have not looked anything like the team the nation has come to know and love over the past few year’s but maybe it’s too early to rule them out yet as they also lost to Eaglesvale in the opening stages of last year’s tournament as well but went on to win it, and they say history repeats itself.
Upset of the day has to be the Hellenic – Churchill match, which saw the Winstonians face the unexpected wrath of the Hellenic Knights. Three converted tries did the magic for the nights as Churchill only managed to convert one of their tries. The third and final try for Hellenic just coming as the buzzer went. Against Mbare, Hellenic only needed to kick the ball out to secure a 7-5 win but it was not to be as Mbare regained possession after the final buzzer to go over the white wash for the winning try.
Prince Edward were unbeaten in all three games played on opening day, posting their first two wins against Hellenic and Eaglesvale. Their final and perhaps their sweetest victory was against their old rival, Churchill. The speakers blasted “Who let the dogs out” as the old rivals ran on to the field but that did little to spur on the Churchill Bulldogs as the PE Tigers outplayed them in every department to register a convincing 19-00 victory.
St John’s was the only team to end the day with no victory but the score card doesn’t tell their story too well. It’s a classic case of “Trust me, it’s not what it seems.” The Johanians played well losing narrowly to Churchill in their opening game which ended 15-14 in favour of Churchill.
The tournament continues today at Harare Sports Club with the schools completing the last two rounds of the round robin section before going on to play for the championship.
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