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FOR the third year in a row, Mbare Academy Under-16 rugby side got the better of fancied St George’s College with a 12-0 win on Day Two of the Dairibord Schools Rugby Festival at Prince Edward yesterday. There was no better way of announcing their presence at the festival that a win over the Saints, not for the first or second time but for the third time in a row, as they edged the Dragons in a closely-contested game.

This was definitely the highlight of the day and it is because of such performances that Mbare Academy have become one of the most attractive teams at the festival that command a huge following whenever they play.

At the end of the day it was a case of mixed feeling for the Dragons as their senior side went on to beat Kyle College 15-10 in the final game of the day.

And to reward Mbare Academy’s gallant efforts, a local company will today be unveiled as their new team sponsor.

While Victor Pekani’s charges were enjoying their sweet victory over St George’s College, the Eaglesvale senior side were on the receiving end of a 0-20 loss at the hands of Falcon College at the Jubilee Field.

Three tries from Brian Mhuriyengwe, Brian Muntanga and Connor Pritchard and a conversion and penalty from Joshua Worsely, were all the Esigodini school needed for their win.

Last year at the same festival, Falcon were 12-5 winners when the two sides met.

“I am happy we won but we did not play to the best of our abilities, we dropped the ball, our positional play was not all that good,” said Flacon coach Brendan French.

“In the second half Eaglesvale came back and picked up the tempo, we were forced to make two substitutions due to Injuries but we have always been looking forward to challenges because we want to play games as tough as they can be.

“Our targets here, first and foremost, are winning, we have managed the first win now and we hope to maintain the momentum as the week progresses.

“It is still early in the season, we are preparing for the schools season so we are still trying to get clinical.”

Vale coach Cyprian “Supa” Mandege wasn’t sure what hit his boys.

“We did not play at all. I do not know if the way we played today was all because of too much respect for the opposition,” said Mandenge.

“It was a cagey game, and the players were not sure how to express themselves.

“At times we defended well but it what hurts me is that we conceded tries in the last minutes of each half maybe due to lack of concentration and they cost us.

“But that is now water under the bridge and we focus on our next game against Churchill who won big today.”


First XV: St George’s College 15, Kyle College 10 Falcon College 20, Eaglesvale 0 Prince Edward 28, Lomagundi 0 Windhoek Technicon 50, Plumtree 3 Allan Wilson 5, St Johns College 28 LKC Botswana 0, Churchill 80 Vainona 10, Goromonzi 14 Marondera 0, Milton 35 Conway 19, PE II 10 Murehwa 8, Milton 44 Gifford 10, Watershed 10 Boulawayo Select 11, Mutare 3 Victoria High 7, BMC 12 Chinhoyi 12, St Johns Chikwaka 0.

Under-16: St George’s College 0, Mbare Academy 12 Murehwa 25, Heritage 19 Goromonzi 31, Kutama 7 Royal College 0, Prince Edward 27 Chinhoyi 5, Victoria High 5 Mabvuku 0, Highfield 7 Muriimwe 24, Morgan 5 Hillcrest 0, Prince Edward 36.

Source : The Herald