|Zim in good start|
|Wednesday, 11 July 2012 15:51|
Border CD Under-18.........(0) 9
ZIMBABWE got off to a positive start yesterday when they beat Border Country Districts 31-9 in their first game of the Craven Week rugby festival here at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
Man-of-the-match, tight-head prop Brandon Scheepers, planted two tries in the second half to set up a good win for Godwin “Jaws” Murambiwa’s side.
Five tries from Scheepers (two) Ian Watson, Dale Gibbons and Bastien Mendelson and three conversions was all Zimbabwe needed for their win while Border CD could only respond with three second half penalties from fly half Lwazi Mqwelana.
The breakthrough came after flyhalf Fungai Mandivenga missed two penalties early in the first half as Zimbabwe spent more than 25 minutes camped in the Border CD half but they could not convert the pressure into points. Several chances came their way, with clear scoring chances, but it was in the danger zone that Zimbabwe failed to click, dropping balls and forward passing in the Border CD 22-metre area as the South Africans held on.
With just five minutes into the second half, Zimbabwe got a penalty near the Border CD five-metre line and kicked for touch, won their ball and mauled before Scheepers came off the blind for a try.
The lead was now 12-0.
Zimbabwe fullback, Russel Walder, made a try-saving tackle right on the try-line after Border CD winger, Likona Mabadane, broke loose on the right.