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Thrills and spills from the Paramount Garments rugby Tourney

Story by Lawrence Trusida, Sports Editor

The Paramount Garments Senior Rugby Championship is dishing out the best in terms of entertainment, with giants Old Georgians registering a big win, while new boys, Pitbulls fired early warning shots.

After getting a bye in the first weekend, Old Georgians played in front of their home fans and took advantage of familiar territory to wallop UZ Stallions 57-17 in the senior challenge.

It was a try fest, as the home side showed why they have been a force in domestic rugby after outclassing the students in the match of the day.

Old Georgians are aiming for a domestic double after their juniors’ side won the Paramount Garments Under-20 League.

The massive win saw Old Georgians securing a bonus point victory which lifted them to the summit of the Paramount Garments Senior Championship log standings.

Old Georgians are one of the four teams in the eight-team league with five points alongside Old Hararians, Harare Sports Club and Pitbulls.

In other matches, Pitbulls put all teams on notice after a 25-10 win over Police Defenders.

Pitbulls have only had an Under -20 side that won six consecutive titles before they were dethroned by Old Georgians earlier this year.

In the Women’s League, defending champions FS Raiders kicked off their season with a dominant 83-0 thrashing of Old Hararians, while OGs Pitbulls secured a 63-10 victory against Hacliffe.

In men’s Division One results, Old Georgians’ third-string side, OGs Barbarians beat XP Horns 49-8, while Northern Chiefs secured a 53-24 win over Southern City.

Elsewhere, Olympic hopeful, Rutendo Nyahora finished 13th in the Vienna Marathon in a time of two hours 36 minutes and seven seconds.

Nyahora is one of several long-distance runners who are looking at making the qualification time for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

So far, only Isaac Mpofu has made the qualification time for the Paris games.

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