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THE Zimbabwe Under-19 rugby side comes under a litmus test this evening when they entertain England Independent Schools at Harare Sports Club.

The Lambs are yet to suffer a defeat in their tour of Zimbabwe this year having beating Mbare Academy, Prince Edward School and made light work of the Under-19 Goshawks at the same venue over the past few days.

The last time the Barbarians were here, they lost one out of four games and it was the Harare Lions who only beat the Britons 23-22 in their opening game.

Young Sables team manager Blessing “Bhuru” Chiutare said his team hopes to turn the tables and hand the Barbarians their first defeat of the tour.

Chiutare says the Lambs game is going to be a good test of character for the Zimbabweans who are hoping to qualify for the Junior World Rugby Trophy tournament at the Junior Africa Cup tournament set for Namibia later this year.

Alex Laybourne’s Lambs have been in terrific form and in two of the three games they have played so far, they have registered more than 75 points starting with a 76-0 bashing of Mbare Academy and an 81-15 thrashing of the Goshawks.

“It’s going to be an explosive game because We play a running game and they play a passing game non-kicking,” said Chitaure.

“Eight of the boys who played (for the Goshawks) will be sitting on the bench (for the Young Sables).

“Our boys have been watching them play, we have an idea, they have watched this game and watched others before,” said Chiutare.

Some of the players in the Young Sables side include Brandon Mandivenga, Brendon Boshi, Daniel Moolman and Jabu Mutukwa who were part of the famous 2013 Craven Week side.

“We are going to be boosted by such players and it puts us in a better and ger position especially for the end result.

“We are not worried about the (match) result here but we are preparing for the qualifiers.”

Laybourne remains cautious.

“We take each game as it comes and this has been our approach over the past three games so we are not going to be any different in our approach, we are going to continue playing with speed,” said Laybourne.

“Certainly there was a lot of pressure from Goshawks. When the game was 12-12 we never thought that the game was going to be a high scoring one.

“We always play expansive rugby and we ended up having that huge score and we hope to continue with the same form on Friday (today),” said Laybourne.

Source : The Herald