Lady Cheetah’s brace for S.A tourney

By ZBC Reporter
ZIMBABWE’S women’s rugby team head coach, Dereck Chiwara says this year’s Hermanus Sevens tournament to be held in South Africa will be crucial in building a team for the future.
Last year Zimbabwe produced some impressive performances at the Hermanus Sevens tournament where they scooped silver after finishing second.
This time around focus appears to be more on handing new players with exposure following trials that were held across the country.
“Last time around the team did extremely well and finished second down in South Africa but this time around we have younger players and the focus is more on the international exposure other than anything else. We have a very young crop which we want to assess with regards as to how they can perform when under pressure,” said Chiwara.
Players selected at the national trials are training in different provinces with the squad expected to come together a few weeks before the scheduled trip to South Africa.
After dropping three places down the ladder to eighth at the Rugby Africa Women’s sevens contest that took place in Monastir, Tunisia in October last year the focus is now on rebuilding.
The trip to South Africa for the Hermanus Sevens tournament will mark the beginning of a four-year plan in which Zimbabwe will be hoping to become a dominant force in Africa and at major international competitions.