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OLD GEORGIANS Sports Club at the weekend showed they are in a class of their own following a dominant performance in the second leg of the Sevens Rugby Summer Series where they thrashed Old Hararians 54-5 to lift the Cup at Prince Edward School.

In the opening leg of the Summer Series, the Dragons also beat Harare Sports Club 45-0, the former champions proving that they are just but a pale shadow of their former selves.

Even the competition from Old Hararians proved not to be a challenge to the Dragons as the final became a one-sided affair with an average of a try scored in each minute of the game by the winners.

However, Old Georgians Sports Club coach Grant Mitchell believes club coaches should take the game seriously and work hard if they are to improve not only the quantity of the players but also the quality of the local game.

“As a club coach, I (would like to) urge other club coaches to take the game of Sevens rugby more seriously.

“They have to work hard at winning, it doesn’t come easy.

“If they can do this then our senior player base at local level will not only grow but it will improve.

“There was an improvement across the board (compared to the first leg) with the way the game of Sevens is played, and the conditioning levels are slowly improving.

“However, there is still much work to be done at club level by (both the) players and coaches to create the appropriate player base for the national team to benefit at an elite level of performance,” said Mitchell.

The Dragons senior side are the only side yet to taste defeat in the Sevens Series this year and they have had several additions to their side during the off-season with Mitchell describing the new players as a good bunch to work with.

Two changes were made to the side that played in the second round with the duo of Craig Elcombe and Kudzai Muzorewa coming in and Mitchell feels that it was not necessarily of these changes that they won, but because of their club culture and teamwork.

“Craig is a seasoned player and simply adds value whereas Kudzai is new to the Sevens structures and is improving with each training session and each match.

The strength of the weekend’s performance for me lies in the ability to confidently utilise all 12 players in every match.

Source : The Herald

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