The dust on the 2016 edition of the Dairibord Schools Rugby Festival has settled and everyone is getting ready for the schools rugby season which kicks off this weekend with exciting fixtures lined up. Before we get into the season I’m going to take you back a bit and give you my team of the week based on performances witnessed during the Dairibord Schools Rugby Festival at prince Edward last week.
Below is who made SSN’s Dairibord team of the week.
15 Nqobisile Ncube Falcon College: Ncube was exceptional under the high ball and excellent in defence. Pacey and elusive the fullback always threatened with ball in hand, scoring a spectacular try in the corner against St John’s on Thursday.
14 Ganizani Chiku Eaglesvale: The Eaglesvale flyer always threatened with ball in hand. Chiku was explosive and innovative without much space. His 50m run past and through St John’s defence cemented his name on this list.
13 Mufaro Mpisaunga St John’s College: An agile and strong ball carrier, Mpisaunga enjoyed countless line breaks during the festival. Beyond the gain line Mpisaunga was an accurate finisher. He broke a strong Falcon defensive line to gift his side a 21-19 victory off the last play during the Falcon – St John’s clash.
12 Matthew Mcnab Falcon College: Mcnab proved to be a real threat to both the Kyle College and St John’s College defensive lines. While Mcnab is on this list mainly for his exploits with ball in hand, he also really had a great week with the boot finding touch off penalties and nailing conversions from out wide.
11 Tafadziswa Bunu St George’s College: Though Bunu struggled a bit in tight spaces his pace helped him flourish when ever he was allowed a bit of space. For a wing he also did pretty well in defence on the outside.
10 Benjamin Meredith Falcon College: The Falcon skipper enjoyed a great all round festival, defence and attack. He is by far the best flyhalf I saw during the festival. He made the right decisions at the right time both as captain and at pivot, taking the ball up, shipping it wide or kicking into pace for his backline to gather.
9 Sean Hinmers Falcon College: Hinmers gelled well with Meredith delivering clean, accurate ball all the time. Quick on his feet, he got to the breakdown early helping his team launch wave after wave of attack against Kyle College on Monday.
1 Samuel Garnet St John’s College: Garnet showed his experience in the front row, anchoring St John’s scrums. The big man also proved to be useful at lineout time with great lifting that had everyone impressed by St John’s line outs.
2 Cameron Harrison St John’s College: Another one from St John’s, Harrison was instrumental to St John’s three victories out of three games. He exhibited lots strength carrying the ball and put in a superb amount of work on the ground. Harrison’s throws at the line outs were executed with pinpoint accuracy.
3 Cleopas Kundiona Falcon College: Though a prop, Kundiona did not fit into his mould of just working at scrum time. Mobile and pacey are not words usually used to describe a prop but Kundiona was so mobile and given his built and size extremely pace as well. It always took at least two defenders to bring him down and that only happened after a carry spanning at least five metres.
4 Givemore Muchenje Churchill Boys: Muchenje played his role well, supporting the Churchill scrum and putting in some hard hits in defence.
5 Benjamin Mpofu Falcon College: Mpofu was excellent in open play and made the Falcon line out work, collecting and distributing the ball off the top. The Falcon lock was no pushover in defence as well, standing strong and looking for work in the rucks.
6 Tichaona Hwangwa Churchill Boys: Hits! Hard hits.
7 Davis Murwendo Prince Edward School: Another hard hitter but also a great fetcher off the deck.
8 Tendekai Chigwendere Kyle College: Chigwendere was quite easy to overlook given the talent in the Kyle outfit but 8 was a standout for me because of his work ethic. He ensured that the backline always had clean ball to attack off of even when it was coming from a scrum won against the head. Kyle College was deadly on the second phase due to the way Chigwendere carried them over the gain whenever he was the first ball carrier.
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