Schools Rugby: The Day Of The Underdog

Let Hercules himself do what he may, The cat will mew, and dog will have his day. [1600-1 Shakespeare Hamlet v. i. 286]

Shakespeare’s words rang true on Saturday around the country in the schools rugby circuit as some unexpected but nonetheless interesting results were posted. The underdogs going into matches, emerged jubilant winners after the final whistle.

Midlands Christian College travelled to Harare for an encounter against Eaglesvale. Though the two teams have been at each other’s neck for a number of years now, Eaglesvale were the favorites given their recent exploits against big boys, Churchill and St John’s College. They lived up to their favorites tag until half-time were they lead 14-10 but tables turned after the break the hosts ended losing 36-21.

Tafadzwa Ngosi, scored a brace that upset Eaglesvale's chances on an unbeaten run in the Co-Ed league
Tawanda Ngosi, scored a brace that upset Eaglesvale’s chances on an unbeaten run in the Co-Ed league

Another team playing on the road, Kyle upset St George’s at home on their famous Weaver Field. St Georges drew first blood but Kyle did not back down and kept on until the end, claiming a narrow 11-10 win over Saints. In Marondera, Peterhouse hosted Falcon. Falcon are really the team to beat this year as they edged a highly ranked South African side during their April tour in Benoni this year. The Peterhouse Kings ruled the day, coming from behind to post a 23-20 win over the Maddogs.

In another classic underdog-traditional powerhouse encounter, Goldridge upset Plumtree with a 14-12 win in a friendly. Other matches didn’t go against the grain as there were no outright underdogs or favorites going into the games. Lomagundi won 29-10 against Watershed while Hellenic lost 18-26 to Hillcrest. Prince Edward registered a 24-6 against Christian Brothers College in Bulawayo. Petra won 21-03 against Gateway.

The St John’s-Churchill fixture went on, after having suffered two cancellations during the season last year and Churchill came out 13-10 winners.