From : Thestandard.co.zw
3 March 2012
ZIMBABWE rugby sevens side, the Cheetahs, underlined their desire to win the inaugural Spar International Sevens tournaments after winning all their matches at Harare Sports Club yesterday.
Playing in Poll A, the Gilbert Nyamutsamba coached side which is using the series as part of their preparations for the Hong Kong Sevens Series hammered Zambezi Warriors 37-7 before following up with a 33 – 19 victory over neighbours Botswana.
The Cheetahs then drew 12 -12 with South Africa Buffalos, but were awarded a victory by virtue of having been the first side to score a try in the match.
The Cheetahs will now face South Africa Academy in the semi-finals of the main Cup this morning while second string Cheetahs side, the Goshawks will take Buffaloes in the other semi-final.
Zambia, who were playing in Pool B will take on Botswana while Northern Region will take on Zambezi Warriors.
Sevens chairman Donald Mangenje was happy with the way the first international sevens Series has progressed on home soil and hoped for an even better event next year.
“We are very satisfied with the way the tournament has progressed so far and also attendance has been fantastic. The level of competition was also excellent as we did not have one sided matches,” he said.
The Cheetahs are using the tournament as part of their preparations for the Hong Kong Sevens Series that is on this end of month.
This year’s edition of the tournament will see top teams in the qualifying group being promoted to core status and South Africa and Kenya are the only African sides with core status.