Weekend Rugby Wrap: Bitter Honey For Churchill

Local schools rugby sprung back to action last Saturday (May 29 2015) after a two-week break that paved way for provincial and national trials to select three Old Mutual Junior Sables team set to represent Zimbabwe in the upcoming South Africa Rugby Union Youth Weeks.

Falcon 24-19 Peterhouse
This was the biggest clash of the weekend. Everyone was waiting with baited breath to see if the Maddogs of Falcon College would extend their unbeaten run and that they did with a 24-19 victory over old rivals Peterhouse Boys. The Kings of Peterhouse have come close to threatening Falcon’s place at the helm of Zimbabwe Schools Rugby this year. Last year Peterhouse had two chances to deny Falcon an unbeaten season and did exactly that in one of the fixtures. This year they were given three chances and have failed so far but they still have one last shot when they host Falcon in Marondera later this term.

Prince Edward 155-00 Christian Brothers College
This was also the biggest clash of the weekend in its own right. The woes continued for Christian Brothers College who have had a rather disheartening start to the season. St George’s bashed them 83-3 in their season opener then Falcon College mauled them 48-0 at the Matabeleland trials and this Saturday the Tigers were unforgiving, handing the brothers a 155 nil drubbing.

Hellenic 29-29 Hillcrest
This one was hard to call as the two teams have taken turns to win against each other over the past couple of years. The Hellenic Knights kept good defensive lines and ran well in space keeping the crowds entertained with some well thought moves that dazzled the Hillcrest Leopards. With about 15 minutes left to play in the encounter, Hellenic was enjoying a healthy 24-03 lead and at this time I’m sure they had written off Hillcrest, I had written of Hillcrest. Hillcrest scored and Hellenic scored to leave the scores at 29-10. In true Leopard’s elegance and stealth, Hillcrest fought back in those last minutes of the clash to force a 29-29 draw, the last try coming off a 100 metre sprint from centre Emmanuel Dozva off the last play of the encounter.

Eaglesvale 22-12 Midlands Christian College
In the last five years Eaglesvale has failed to beat rivals Midlands Christian College(MCC). Even that team that claimed the scalps of Churchill and St John’s College last year did not win against MCC. Come 2015 and the teams get the unusual clash at the Dairibord Schools Rugby Festival and Eaglesvale break the jinx with a 19-15 victory over MCC. Saturday, on the road, Eaglesvale continued their new found dominance with 22-12 victory at Midlands Christian College.

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Churchill 21-30 St John’s College
The Bulldogs from Churchill haven’t enjoyed much success this year. They failed to record a single victory at this year’s Dairibord Schools Rugby festival, going down to Falcon, Prince Edward and St George’s before falling heavily again to Prince Edward at the Mashonaland Provincial Trials. A win against St John’s on Saturday would have been a huge breakthrough for the Nigel Phillip boys who have only posted a victory over Kyle College but it was not to be. Yes they were hosted on Honey Field but they found the taste very bitter, going down 30-21 to a Rams side that seems to be improving as the season progresses.

Kyle College 28-29 St George’s College
On the road away in Masvingo St George’s College edged Kyle College 29-28. It’s always exciting to play away at Kyle but I doubt the Dragons enjoyed it, Kyle’s loud and ever-present support sets a very vibrant yet intimidating atmosphere. Last year it was Kyle that won on the road at St George’s College in Harare.

In other clashes, Lomagundi posted a 29-17 victory over Watershed while Plumtree made very light work of Goldridge winning 52-10 against the Kwekwe side. Allan Wilson went down 10-0 to Marlborough and Gifford enjoyed a narrow 5-0 win over Milton.

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