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DESPITE a memorable victory over bitter rivals Old Georgians in a Northern Region Super Rugby League clash at the weekend, Harare Sports Club captain Shingi Mpofu believes it is too early for his side to celebrate.

A 24-21 win in the top-of-the-table match ensured the Red Lions maintained their unbeaten run, stretching their winning tally to four games, with Police Defenders, Southern City and Old Hararians being their other casualties.

Flanker Mpofu feels his side can only put up a better show if they remain focused.

“We still have a lot that we can improve on, but so far our coach is happy with the way we are progressing,” said Mpofu.

“We have started the league on a good note and I think we are in a good position to win but with the way the league is structured, it all comes back to the knock-outs stages because any team can win.

“Our scrums were good, we managed to dominate throughout the match, although our line-outs still need improvement. It was a good game which we do not get easily.

“It was too physical and competitive. We managed to execute what we worked on during our preparations.

“We played well and by leading it means we need to remain focused. It also means that our return match against Old Georgians will be tougher as everyone wants to beat the top side.”

This was Old Georgians first defeat of the season and relegated the Groombridge-based side, coached by Grant Mitchell, into second place on the league standings.

Old Hararians registered their first win of the season, courtesy of a 42-22 win over Mutare Sports Club.

They had previously lost to Old Georgians and Harare Sports Club.

“We started the league on a very poor note, maybe because we played competitive sides like Old Georgians and Sports Club.

“We travelled to Mutare at the weekend, we needed a win and it was good we got it. What now remains is for the boys to do well in all our following fixtures.

“Our team has a good chance of doing well in the remaining fixtures because the teams we are yet to play are not as competitive although playing Sports Club and Old Georgians in the return matches might be tough.

“Every victory is important for us so, hopefully, the boys will remain focused,” said Derek Chiwara, the Old Boys assistant coach.

Chiwara also highlighted that they used a squad of young players, including Tawanda Serewa, who made his debut.

“We used most of our new young players and our second team players. We wanted to see if they are able to practice what we teach them and we were impressed by their performance,” said Chiwara.

Meanwhile the Harare Under-18 rugby coach, Chiwara, feels the high quality of rugby being taught in schools has made his side’s preparations for the inter-provincial tournament scheduled for this weekend easier.

Harare are one of the provinces expected to take part at the national Under-18 trials set for Falcon College on Friday where a schools side to represent the country at the annual Craven Week Festival in South Africa will be selected.

“That it did not take time for the b high,” said Chiwara.

Source : The Herald