Mutare Rugby Outfits remain optimistic


Sharon Chigeza

MUTARE- As Manicaland Rugby Board makes headway in promoting the rugged sport in the province, the Mutare Sports Club Men’s Rugby 7s was fortunate to be one of those that performed at regional level in the recently ended Independence Challenge.
Zimbabwe clubs dominated the Zambia Independence Rugby 7s Challenge last weekend with FS raiders and Harare Sports Club stealing the limelight in Lusaka.
Speaking soon after their return from Zambia, Mutare Sports Club Rugby Team Manager, Casper Bandi said the experience was due to their hard work and was an eye opener for what his team is to expect beyond the borders.
“As a first time playing in such a tournament the experience can only be described as ‘amazing!’ We may not have brought the desired results but we gave our players an appreciation of the other side of the fence and I am sure we have done our province and families proud by putting our club on the map,” he said.
Zimbabwe was represented by Mutare Sports Club, Old Hararians, FC Raiders and Old Georgians.
The Independence Rugby Challenge is the premier rugby tournament in Zambia attracting teams from across the Zambezi.
Meanwhile, a community born Women’s Rugby Club, Spartans, have shown great resilience and performance as they work their way to become professional rugby players.
Their sweet victory against the Africa University rugby team last week bore testimony to their work in competing with local and regionally trained players.
Africa University is a Pan-African, United Methodist related institution catering for students from 36 African countries.
Spartans won 30- 0 and 27-0 in the two matches they played against Africa University last Saturday.

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