The Peterhouse Kings performed solidly at St George’s on Saturday (27 June 2015) for a huge 43-10 victory on Weaver, home of the Dragons.
Over the years I have developed a knack for picking the right photographer’s spot around the rugby field to capture amazing action shots. The spot I picked this particular clash left me doubting my ability as I got very little action. While my sixth sense was starting to let me down, it’s also true that St George’s played a disappointing match Saturday. Play was deep in their territory, far away from my eager lens.
Although there were a few moments of brilliance for St George’s, orchestrated by fullback Tarisai Mapfumo, Peterhouse dominated the game. Play camped deep inside the hosts’ 22m for most of the first half, but the Dragons held their lines well. That defensive structure and some handling errors from Peterhouse kept the scoreboard static for most of the first half.
It was a defensive error on the Dragons’ part that opened the floodgates for Peterhouse. Off of a breakdown inside the 5m, St George’s claimed the ball, but failed to clear, allowing scrum-half Keagan Barrat to latch on for the Kings’ first try of the encounter. From this point on the visitors took full control of the game. 17-5 was the score going into the break, St George’s on the board courtesy of a Tinashe Bunu try.
Peterhouse upped the ante after the break, extending their lead to 43-5 before Bunu went over for another consolation try to leave the final score at 43-10.
Gregory Mhindu and Tinotenda Vheriwa scored two tries each while former St George’s student Martin Mangongo weighed in with a try and a conversion for Peterhouse. Playing at pivot for Peterhouse, Walter Huchu also went over for a try after an impressive switch move in midfield.
Flank Travis Landing enjoyed an impressive game with the boot, yes you read right, “flank with the boot”. Landing cleared his team’s line well the few times they found themselves in danger, and nailed three conversions from out wide to add to his team’s tally. Dragons’ captain Angus Bruce and prop Liam Kenny, both ruled out of the encounter due to injury, watched helplessly as their team succumbed to their heaviest defeat of the season yet.
I caught up with Peterhouse Head Coach Dave Kirkman after the encounter. The former Zimbabwe national laughed at my claims of his team being capable of denying Falcon College an unbeaten season; he conceded, however, that it would be great if they can pull it off as they are celebrating their 60th anniversary.
In other fixtures, St John’s College pulled away from a stubborn Kyle College outfit in the second-half to win 43-21 at home. Prince Edward came from behind to disappoint Churchill with a 28-17 rival victory on Jubilee. Hellenic hosted Petra, beating them 22-07.
In the Matabeleland derby, Falcon College won 72-08 against Christian Brothers College at CBC. Hillcrest edged Lomagundi 27-24 in Mutare as part of Hillcrest’s 30th anniversary weekend celebrations.
St George’s College
Tries: Tinashe Bhunu x 2
Tries: Keagan Barrat, Gregory Mhindu x 2, Walter Huchu, Martin Mangongo, Tinotenda Vheriwa x 2
Conversions: Martin Mangongo, Travis Landing x 3