14 May 2017

Zimbabwe: Sportivo Arrest Police Defenders

MINNOWS Police Defenders were yesterday handed a reality check in their own backyard after succumbing to a humiliating 74-12 defeat to Harare Sports Club in a one-sided Intercity Rugby League encounter at Tomlinson Depot yesterday.

Sportivo, who narrowly lost out on the ticket to represent Zimbabwe in the Gold Cup competition to local rivals Old Georgians last year proved their class against apparently shaky Defenders side.

The home side had a torrid time stopping their opponents' determined forwards who appeared equally quick with their backline scoring five of their total 11 haul of tries.

A defense malfunction propelled the third-placed Sportivo to 45 points at halftime, with the cops responding through loosehead prop Gerald Chinyanya's solitary unconverted try.

In the second half, Defenders played a more defensive game in an attempt to stop further humiliation but their foes were not done, crossing the whitewash five more times to seal their emphatic dominance.

At full time, Police eighth man Innocent Nyatsanza scored their second try but it was too late for a comeback.

Speaking to The Standard soon after the game, Police coach Paul Gosho said his charges could have done better if they eliminated schoolboy errors they showed, especially in the first half.

"Our letdown was defence and not taking play up and guys not playing their roles; we did not take the fight to the sports club," said Gosho.

In the top of the table clash played later at the same venue, reigning champions Old Georgians maintained their perfect start to the season after cruising to a 26-0 win over Matabeleland Warriors.

The result means Old Georgians move to the top of the 11-team log standing ahead of Warriors, who drop to second place after being handed their first defeat of the season.

Intercity Rugby League results at a glance:

Old Georgians 26-0 Matabeleland Warriors, Mutare Sports Club 70-5 Police Bulldogs, Harare Sports Club 69-12 Police Defenders, Old Miltonians 5-30 Old Hararians

Police Defenders . . . (5) 12

Harare Sports Club . . . (45) 74


More Electoral Violence in Opposition Than Ruling Party - Watchdog

The Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) has recorded a surprise high number of intra-party political violence cases within the… Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2017 Zimbabwe Standard. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 800 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.