By Admire Machiwenyika
Zimbabwe`s Famous Grouse Cheetahs suffered a humiliating white-wash defeat when they failed to win a single match at the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay sevens over the weekend 7-8 December, in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
The Cheetahs kicked off on the wrong footing when they were handed their first defeat by Argentina 31-5 in pool D. After a Njabulo Ndlovu late score the cheetahs went to half time with 10-7 loss. Despite their persistence in attacking the Zimbabwean side lost to a powerful South American side.
Zimbabwe’s next match was against England who also handed them their second defeat of the day by 35-7 margin. The English side started off the game with exceptional pace to reach the half hour mark with 28-0 lead and only to finish off the cheetahs with 35-7 win.
The Cheetahs were walloped 43-0 by Samoa in their third and final match of the day. Zimbabwe will live to regret the first half poor performance when Samoa ran in 6 unanswered tries and the situation even got worse when Njabulo Ndlovu was shown a yellow card and the cheetahs had to defend against strong Samoa side with 6 players.
Bowl quarter finals stage Zimbabwe suffered an impressive onslaught by the Australians in the first half with 3 unanswered tries to reach the half hour mark with a 19-0 lead. A try by Famous Grouse
Cheetahs through Boyd Rouse brought a life-line for the Zimbabwean side.
Cheetahs were booted out in the semi-final shield by North Americans Canada by 24-10. The game put an end to a difficult tournament for Zimbabwean team at the IRB World Series.
The game put a final nail to the coffin after humiliating difficult tournament for the Zimbabwe team at the World Series event in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
The tournament have proved too strong for the young Cheetahs side suffered the same fate when Zimbabwe only won 1 of their six matches last year at the same tourney.Absence from major tournaments for a time contributed a lot their white-wash defeat from this tournament. The Cheetahs have played their last competitive international in June when they participated in the sevens Rugby World Cup in Dubai.
At the same tourney last year, Zimbabwe went down 33-0 to Spain in the Shield final. This was after they had lost all their pool D matches to Canada, Portugal and the United States of America.
Famous Grouse Cheetahs team:
Fortune Chipendu (Captain), Tafadzwa Chitokwindo, Boyd Rouse, Njabulo Ndlovu, Tapiwa Tsomondo, Bisele Tshamala, Kilvan Mangunje, Lineince Tambwera , Hilton Mudarikiri, Brandon Boshi, Gardner Nechironga and Tangai Nemadire.
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