A last minute try on Saturday(15-March) evening broke all Eaglesvale hearts, made up the deficit for Prince Edward and ultimately won them the schools cup at the third Zimbabwe International Sevens Tournament.
Having played Eaglesvale and posted a convincing win before, the Prince Edward tigers came into the game with complacency but they got a wake up call when they found themselves behind the try line with Eaglesvale taking a conversion after drawing first blood. It was at this moment that the Tigers started to press forward but failed to find enough breakthroughs.
Going into the half-time break, Eaglesvale lead Prince Edward 12-5. Former Sables flier, Shaun De Souza had a chat with his charges(Prince Edward 7s) over the break and they came through in the second half despite more setbacks as Eaglesvale went over the white wash to extend its lead. With the score board reading 24-5 it looked like a done deal for the Eaglesvale boys but two quick successive tries by the Prince Edward turned that around got the P.E boys on the bleachers chanting even louder.
Eaglesvale were guilty of a number of infringements at the breakdown and that made them lose some steam as they kept going back 10 to allow their opposition to play their penalties. With only a some second to play, Prince Edward forced a line break on the right wing and went over for the winning try. The buzzer sounding off as the ball was placed under the posts. Final score, 29-24 to Prince Edward. Well done to the Tigers, for winning this year’s cup and to both teams for a thrilling tournament final.
One point of note from the weekend is the fact that smaller schools, Hellenic for example, really came to the party and brought their “A” game. Hellenic was unlucky to win only one of all their games, but what’s phenomenal is that one game was against Churchill. Eaglesvale also lived to the final billing in the last match against Prince Edward.
It’s almost certain that Zimbabwe won’t be treated to such surprises during the 15s season as schools like Hellenic just don’t have enough numbers, surely a pool of 30 boys is no match to 200+ for the other big schools but wouldn’t that be nice?
Prince Edward will definitely be the team to watch as they promise to light up the Zimbabwe schools rugby season this year. The Tigers leave for their South African pre-season tour on Tuesday(18-March).