ZIMBABWE’s Sevens side, popularly known as the Cheetahs, put their title defence on course at the ongoing Spar Zimbabwe International Sevens tournament with a flawless performance at Harare Sports Club yesterday.
REPORT BY DON MAKANYANGA
The defending champions finished the opening day unbeaten to book a place into the Cup quarterfinals after beating an underperforming Zambia side 40-0 and Georgia 26-7.
Zimbabwe got their campaign off to a flier, as they were hardly troubled by a seemingly clueless Zambian side whom they put to the sword courtesy of tries by Fortune Chipendo, Kelvin Magunje, Japhet Ndebele, Daniel Hondo and Stephan Hunduza.
The team continued with their fine performance in the second match against a young Georgian side.
The Cheetahs will today meet Hong Kong in the Cup quarter-finals.
In a mouthwatering clash pitting a second string Kenya side popularly known as Shujaa and Honk Kong, the East Africans emerged victorious with 14-12, also booking a place into the Cup quarter-finals after having beaten Zambezi Warriors 26-7 earlier.
Other title favourites, South African Elite Player Development side lived up to expectation as they managed to beat Leopards 26-21, before easily shrugging off an inexperienced Blue Bulls Academy side 40-0.
Zimbabwe team captain Jaques Letaio believes the Cheetahs side are in a better position to retain the title
“We are in very high spirits and we are on course to post victory again tomorrow [today],” said Leitao
Day 1 Results:
SA Buffaloes 21-17 Goshawks
SA 7’s EPD 26-21 Leopards
Shujaa (Kenya) 26-7 Zambezi Warriors
Cheetahs 40-0 Zambia
Pumas 17-14 Goshawks
Bulls Academy 27-0 Leopards
Georgia 14-7 Zambia
Honk Kong 26-14 Zambezi Warriors
SA Buffaloes 19-12 Pumas
Shujaa (Kenya) 14-12 Hong Kong
Cheetahs 26-7 Georgia.