HARARE – The semifinal pairing for the National Rugby League (NRL) was decided after Saturday’s final round of matches, highlighted by a scrappy 12-12 draw between Old Hararians and Matabeleland Warriors.
All matches in the league were played at OH.
The game of the week between the hosts and Matabeleland Warriors was characterised by poor decision-making and handling errors.
Both teams also struggled with the kicking tee as they took chances to miss shots at goal.
The writing seemed to be on the wall when they headed to the breather deadlocked 0-0.
A draw seemed to be a fair result as both sides did not show desire to win.
The first points of the match only came with 15 minutes left on the clock when Matabeleland Warriors prop Kudzai Mudzekenyedzi crushed over for an unconverted try.
OH levelled the scores immediately with their own five pointer courtesy of former Harare Sports Club wing Paul Jessub.
Substitute wing Chris Tutani put OH into the lead for the first time in the match with a converted try after some brilliant inter-play with Karl Pieters.
Tutani turned from hero to villain in the last minutes of play when he failed to cope with a high ball and spilled it into the hands off Percy Ncube, who dived under the sticks for a converted try to seal a draw.
In other matches, Airforce finally registered their first victory of the year beating Old Miltonians 29-19.
Champions Old Georgians massacred Western Panthers 100-0.
Harare Sports Club ended on a high with 37-7 win over Gweru Sports Club.
Meanwhile, Harare Sports Club secured a home semi-final against bitter rivals Old Hararians.
The match will be played under floodlights on Friday night at Sports Club.
Matabeleland Warriors will also be at home against title holders Old Georgians at Hartsfield Rugby Stadium in Bulawayo in a potentially thrilling match.
CLASH OF GIANTS: Defending champions Old Georgians, in black kit, and Harare Sports Club, seen here playing in a league match in June, could set up another potentially thrilling NRL final if they successfully get past Matabeleland Warriors and Old Hararians in the semifinals respectively.