A massive 41-13 win for St George’s College over rivals St John’s College rounded up the day at the Harare Provincial rugby trials that ended at St George’s College on Saturday afternoon.
St George’s proved to be a handful for St John’s from the onset with pace man, Daniel Chidavaenzi going over the white wash for the hosts in the second minute of the encounter. Playing at pivot, Angus Bruce broke the St John’s line frequently and kept his backline a step ahead and troubled the Rolf Valley school all day.
In other clashes, a depleted Prince Edward suffered a 10-07 loss to traditional rivals, Churchill School. Prince Edward was without six of their first team players who are on national duty at the All Africa Youth Games in Botswana while Churchill missed one player. Nonetheless Churchill did not play their senior guys until half-time at which point Prince Edward also introduced Shepherd Mhembere who turned the game on its head. It was however rather too late for a come back and the boys from Nigel Phillip Avenue held on for the sweet 10-07 victory.
Earlier, Eaglesvale struggled against a determined Hellenic side grinding out a 13-7 win. The Hellenic-Eaglesvale match was an official league fixture and the first team match was the only game that Eaglesvale won. Hellenic’s second team pulled off a 21-19 win while their Under 16 side posted a 26-20 score against Eaglesvale.
Gateway used to play Eaglesvale at the provincial trials but were paired with Heritage on Saturday and the Brooke school gave them a run for their money. Eight – seven was the final score. Missed penalties – three – made life difficult for Gateway but Heritage failed to capitalise on their opponents’ errors, handing them the 8-7 win.
In Bulawayo, Falcon moved a step closer to achieving an unbeaten season with a 21-12 win over Christian Brothers College at the Matebeleland Provincial trials.