Zim win Victoria Cup, out to finish campaign without defeat

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Sports Reporter

Harare - The Zimbabwe senior rugby 15s side, the Sables, are off to Kenya where they are looking to wrap up their Victoria Cup campaign without a defeat in Nairobi.

Zimbabwe won the Victoria Cup with a game to spare when they beat Zambia 45-5 in Lusaka last weekend.

The Sables were technically the defending champions of this tournament which had last been held in 2012.

It was then shelved as it paved way for the Africa Gold Cup.

But it had to be revived this year following the withdrawal of Africa Gold Cup sponsors.

Four teams, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda and Kenya, entered and it has been Zimbabwe all the way.

They have won all their matches and secured the cup with the victory in Lusaka last week.

They are now looking to complete the haul with a win away to Kenya on Saturday.

Coach Brendon Dawson expressed confidence his team will win their last match.

“It is a feel good factor to always win each game which you are involved in. We are very happy that we managed to win the Victoria Cup away in Zambia with that bonus-point win. We are indeed happy for that, but rugby is a game of consistency,” said Dawson.

“We should now keep the momentum going into the last match against Kenya.

“We had to be at our best to beat the Kenyans when we played them at home. They came at us strongly but somehow we were more organised and one moment we pressed them to commit an error and they did. We utilised that and got the points which we wanted to ensure victory.

“Now, we are going to face them in their own backyard. It is surely going to be a very tough match. A very difficult match for both teams but we have to preserve our unbeaten record.

“Of course, Kenya are powerhouses but the fact that we managed to beat Uganda and Zambia away from home means that we have the capacity to beat anyone away from home. After all, we have also managed to beat the Kenyans in the reverse tie in Zimbabwe so what can stop us from beating them in Nairobi as well.

“All is all we are expecting a tough game against the Kenyans but we are out to maintain our unbeaten record. This is a game we need to win at all costs to ensure that we finish the tournament with a perfect record.”  

 

 

 

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