On Thursday morning, centre, Munashe Chaitezwi of Peterhouse Boys headlined for both good and bad reasons as the Old Mutual U13 Young Sables registered an impressive, last gasp 26-22 win over Griffons at the U13 Coca-Cola Craven Week in Durban.
The bad: Zimbabwe – trailing Griffons by 5 points – was left with a man short after Munashe Chaitezwi was sin binned for a high tackle but was lucky as Griffons failed to convert from the resulting penalty.
The good: With only a minute left on the clock, Chaitezwi went over the white-wash to score Zimbabwe’s winning try, saving his country an upsetting 22-19 defeat.
The day didn’t start off well for the Zimbos as Griffons struck in the first minute to take an early lead and the ninth minute yellow card only made it worse. With a centre off the field, Zimbabwe was exposed in midfield and Griffons took advantage, scoring a second try through winger Marinus Minnaar.
Zimbabwe dug their heels in, scoring two quick tries through Tanaka Mukanya and Tadiwanashe Kadziyanike and Rukudzo Munyeza converted Kadyayanike’s try to give the Young Sables a 12-10 lead at the half-time mark.
Griffons came back after the break with renewed intent. Two tries and a conversion gave them, a “healthy” 22-12 lead with 12 minutes left to play. Prince Edward’s Nataizya Chininga who scored in Zimbabwe’s first two games, was at it again, keeping Zimbabwe’s hopes alive with a Munyeza converted try.
With the pressure mounting and the clock running down fast, the crowd was in for a nervy finish. Griffons were set back with a yellow card in the last three minutes and were in a bid to hold on for a 22-19 win.
Chaitezwi had other thoughts as he found himself at the end of a well worked pass that put him in the clear to take Zimbabwe 24-22 up and Munyeza struck the conversion clean to earn the extra two points for the Old Mutual U13 Young Sables.
The 26-22 win makes makes it two out of three for the Old Mutual U13 Young Sables and will give the lads a much needed boost ahead of their encounter against perennial rivals, Namibia.
Zimbabwe U13 Old Mutual Young Sables Starting XV vs Griffons 3-July-2014
1.Cole Onorati 2.Lance Annandale 3.Bradley Gambiza 4.Anthony Hadebe 5.Jordan Cowley 6.Simba Muzivi 7.Patrick Plunket 8.Nataizya Chininga 9.Rukudzo Munyeza 10.Tawanda Muyeye 11.Tinomukudza Chipfumbu 12.Tadiwanashe Kadziyanike 13.Munashe Chaitezwi 14.Tanaka Mukanya 15.Michael Booth View full squad.
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