OGs steamroll past Sportivo


HARARE – Log leaders Old Georgians (OGs) cemented their position at the summit of the Harare Rugby League with a 5-51 win over hosts Harare Sports Club (HSC) on Saturday night.

The visitors took an assailable 5-28 lead going into the break and continued with the onslaught after the breather to end the match 5-51 victors.

Sportivo could only manage a single try in the opening half before they concentrated all their efforts in defence soon after the break, in order to stop the rampant OGs from reaching triple figures.

HSC vice-captain Tafadzwa Mhende gave credit to OGs for putting up a solid attacking display.

“It was one of those days when everything didn’t go right. They (OGs) came to play rugby, we came to fulfil the fixture,” the Red Lions skipper told the Daily News.

“Our backline didn’t even run the ball because we were being dominated by the forwards so in essence we were defending all day.

“All we need to do is win our next game then everything will be on track.”

The former Cheetahs star said the recent world junior rugby tournament affected their training schedule a bit but not giving it as an excuse for the OGs debacle.

“Our training was disrupted by the U20 World Trophy because we didn’t use our field and at the alternative field we were using, there was a tournament happening there,” Mhende said.


In other matches played on the same day, second-placed Old Hararians (OH) were in an equally no-nonsense mood beating Mutare 76-6 to also maintain their 100 percent start to the season.

OH captain Tichafara Makwanya said: “I think we were quite clinical and dominated every facet of the game thorough out the game.

“We gave many guys a much-needed run, improved our set-pieces from our last outing especially the scrums.

“It’s a big leap for us considering we’ve been struggling to put away teams or show the ruthlessness that wins championships.

“This is just one step closer to achieving what we want. We also realise we have to do much more to win the championship so we’ll just knuckle down quietly and go about our business taking each game as it comes.

In the day’s other match, Old Johannians defeated Police Defenders 29-19.

OGs lead the six-team table with 20 points from four matches while OH are in second with 19 points with Harare Sports Club sitting in third with 11 points. OJs (10), Mutare (2) and Defenders on zero points complete the standings.

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