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PRINCE Edward Tigers’ pedigree to maintain an unbeaten run in the Dairibord Schools Rugby Festival will come under a severe test today when they face St John’s College at Jubilee Field in one of the major attractions of the day’s programme. The Tigers won their first game against Lomagundi 28-0 while St John’s College sailed 28-5 against Allan Wilson but assistant coach Sean de Souza believes a winning background will give them the strength they need to pull through.

Last year at the same festival, Prince Edward finished unbeaten, winning all three games and this is the same form that De Souza believes his charges will maintain this year but with St John’s College standing in the way, it will not come easy.

“Our aim is to win, we have the players and we are not going to change our starting XV because they did the job well, scoring four tries all of them converted and we did not concede anything, which shows our defensive structures were right.

“As hosts we chose to play the g team because the tournament is based on strength-to-strength basis so that is why we are playing Peterhouse on the final day of the competition.

“We just need to have the ball in hand to maintain good play. In fact inasmuch as we would like to win all three games I think we do not have much to lose because we lost to John’s last year in the season,” said De Souza.

So far this year Prince Edward have played 13 games, 12 of them from the international tour of Namibia and South Africa while their win against Lomagundi on Tuesday made it 13 but their overall showing was not impressive.

“St John’s College have always been a good side and they finished among the top teams in the schools league last year but at the same time us having played more than 12 games so far I believe we will be where we want to be,” added De Souza.

The lunch-time kick-off game between St George’s College and Namibia side Windhoek Technikon will mark the beginning of an exciting dish of rugby and this will be followed by the hosts’ game against St John’s College while Eaglesvale and Churchill will close the day’s play.

Eaglesvale coach Cyprian Mandenge believes his side has picked up the pieces from Tuesday’s defeat to Falcon College while Churchill are riding on a wave of confidence following an 80-0 thrashing of LKC College of Botswana.

Their win over LKC College ensured that they are the highest scorers so far but Mandenge feels one-sided affairs do not help any of the teams taking part at the festival.

“Losing to Falcon is now water under the bridge and we focus on our next game against Churchill who won big.

“But it is good for us that we are playing big teams because one-sided scores really would not benefit any of the team, so we are looking forward to the game,” said Mandenge

Results

Morgan 39, Kuwadzana 0 Lord Malvern 17, Western Suburbs 10 Girls High 0, Vainona 3 Oriel 22, Mt Pleasent 18 Cranborne 14, Herentals 6 Marist Nyanga 0, Marlbrough 3 Roosevelt 35, George Stark 5 PE II 21, Trust Academy 3 Ellis Robins 8, Eaglesvale II 12

Source : The Herald

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