By Anashe Murombedzi
THE Zimbabwe national rugby team, the Sables are basking in glory after winning the country’s first test match on European soil, with a victory over the Netherlands.
The last time the Sables played in Europe was at the 1991 Rugby World Cup and they made a triumphant return this Saturday with an impressive 30-7 victory over Netherlands in Amsterdam this Saturday.
The match was part of Zimbabwe’s preparations for the Rugby World Cup qualifiers set for France next month.
It was gratifying to see that all the hard work in the Currie Cup First Division in Cape Town, South Africa paid off as the Sables swept past their opponents with the mark of a team on a mission.
That the Netherlands are 26th on the World Rugby Rankings, 6 places above Zimbabwe who are 34th, was also a huge statement of intent.
Having acclimatised with the conditions in Europe, the Sables will now shift focus to the quarter finals of this year’s Rugby Africa Cup, which will also serve as the final qualifying round of the 2023 Rugby World Cup for African countries.
Zimbabwe will face Côte d’Ivoire at the Stade Maurice – David on Friday.
In Athletics Moses Tarakinyu clinched the ticket to represent Zimbabwe at the World Half Marathon slated for China in October, after winning the Tanganda Half Marathon at Mutare Sports Club this Sunday.
The Zimbabwe National Army athlete gave the nation a glimpse of what to expect in China with a podium finish in a time of 01:01:22, while former champion, Misheck Sithole finished third with a time of 01:02:25.
It was Tarakinyu’s third win in the 21km race after he bagged the Two Oceans Half Marathon in South Africa in April and the inaugural Mashwede 10 km race.
In volleyball, the Harare Volleyball Association Grand prix championships entered fifth round at the weekend with a big clash between UZ Wolves and Harare City in the men’s pool ending 3-1 in favour of Wolves.
UZ Wolves led the first two sets, while Harare City took the third set 25-18, but it was UZ Wolves who proved to be the better side after winning the final set 25-21.
In the Women’s pool, Support Unit beat Manyame Falcons 3-2, before thumping struggling Spikers 3-nil.