Sables on the verge of Victoria Cup triumph

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Tadious Manyepo

Harare - Zimbabwe senior men’s rugby team, the Sables, could wrap the Victoria Cup this weekend if they win the penultimate tie against Zambia on Saturday.

The Zimbabweans are on a roll having won all the matches they have played in the four-nations Victoria Cup so far.

They beat Uganda home and away, Kenya and Zambia at home and they will be looking to finish the Zambians off and effectively seal the crown this Saturday before heading to Kenya.

Coach Brandon Dawson has been preaching the gospel of focus to his troops saying they need to keep their eyes on the prize.

He has demanded a ruthless display in their last two games against Zambia and Kenya but warned against complacency in the match against the former.

Zambia haven’t won a single game in the Victoria Cup and are expected to offer faint resistance to the marauding Sables, but Dawson knows their northern neighbours can spoil the party.

“In rugby, nothing is obvious. It’s a game which the better team of the day can win. So we cannot judge Zambia on the way they have played in their previous encounters. They are definitely a good team and they are physically imposing,” said Dawson.

“If one looks at each game that they have played, it can be seen that they are no pushovers. They have pushed their opponents to the last gear. When we played against them, they stretched us yet we were playing at home turf.

“We cannot afford to run the risk of underrating them. They are playing at home and they will be expressing themselves and given that they haven’t won in their previous games, they will obviously be looking to salvage some pride out of this encounter.

“But, we are going to approach the match with positivity. We need to go all out, dominate them and win the match. We need to win the encounter and put the Victoria Cup title on the table.

“This is the chance and we have to take it. We should win this match before we go to Kenya.”

Zimbabwe will be welcoming back several of their players who missed their last match against Uganda through injury.

The players, just like their coach have been exuding confidence ahead of the Zambia match and they know their neighbours can be tough on their day.

Agile Shingi Katsvere believes the Sables have what it takes to win the match against Zambia and take home the Victoria Cup.

“Zambia are a very strong side, we cannot afford to take them for granted. They will be playing in front of their fans and we will be away.

“We have all the pressure and they will be out to show their mettle. This is our chance to clinch the title before we go away to Kenya,” said Katsvere.

   

 

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