The Old Mutual Zimbabwe U18 girls dismissed South Western Districts (SWD) 20-5 in their opening match of the Girls Rugby Week held at Griqua park in Kimberly, South Africa on Monday.
Zimbabwe are appearing in the ‘National Girls Under-18 Week Tournament’ for the second time after making an impressive debut last year.
Tries from Ropafadzo Madya, Thubelihle Tshuma, Millanda Tinarwo, Delight Mukomondo powered Zimbabwe to a morale boosting first victory. The Nsikelelo Sibanda-coached side were down 5-0 before they turned the tables on their opponents to set a good pace for their quest of a top-four finish in the 16-team tournament.
Head coach Sibanda believes there is more his young lads are still to unleash.
“It was a tough match, I think we could have put them away 50 points or so but the way we started must have been affected by the inadequate warm up we had due to the disruption for the opening ceremony. I believe our performance on Monday did not justify what we can actually do,” he said.
The girls play their next match on Wednesday against one of the victorious sides in the first round of matches hoping to score more tries for a convincing victory that will guarantee them to be ranked as one of the fantastic four of the competition.The final matches will be played this Friday, which is the last day of the tournament.
Old Mutual Under-18 Girls team
Leanne Max, Debbie Mutebuka, Sasha Mugadza; Trish Ngwiringwiri; Karen Muchabaiwa; Koreen Muchabaiwa (Girls High); Millanda Tinarwo; Stacey Mabika; (Vainona); Ropafadzo Madya; Mufaro Ndudzo; Gildah Nyirenda; Thubelihle Tshuma; Shama Magwenju; Chipo Geza; Dylis Chamboko (Goromonzi); Rumbidzai Chigumbu (Kuwadzana 2); Charmaine Mwadzira; Anna Siwedi (Hatfield); Memory Dzivakwi (Lord Malvern); Delight Mukomondo (Mbare High); Chelsea Musoweshiri (Mount Pleasant);); Gugulethu Dube (Amhlophe); Wadzanai Chidawa(Royal College);Head Coach Nsikelelo “Sykes” Sibanda, Assistant coach Abraham Rwodzi, Team manager Charity Chigoma.
Main image: Zim in action against South African side, SWD.
All images by Grace Chirumhanzu