Rampant Peterhouse Shine In Namibia
A rampant Zimbabwean flag-wielding Peterhouse rugby side brooked no nonsense from the usually bully Namibian rugby teams to end their spring tour of the south-western neighbouring country on a high note.
Zimbabwe Junior Sables forward Mazvita Nyamarebvu was the most devastating player among the touring contingent, being crowned Player of the Sevens Series and finally being honoured with the Player of the Tour award.
The affluent Marondera school’s recent tour coincided with the Namibian Schools Momentum Finals, the pinnacle of their schools season, which was played at the Hage Geingob Rugby Stadium in Windhoek. Peterhouse squeezed into the programme and featured in the main game at the Hage Geingob Sports Stadium against a strong Namibian Barbarian side selected from the teams that had been knocked out of the finals.
The visitors’ other fifteens fixture was against West Coastal Sharks Under-19 in Walvis Bay, two days earlier. The scheduled third tie versus Windhoek High was cancelled.
Coach Dave Kirkman’s boys won both matches, thrashing the Walvis Bay side 53-14 and posted a 34 – 20 win over the Barbarians.
Peterhouse thereafter skipped to the Namibians Schools Seven Aside Trials where they were invited as the guest participant. The Zimbabweans, fielding two teams, won six and lost two out of the eight seven aside games they engaged in over a two-day period.
Apart from Nyamarebvu’s rich collection of memorabilia, Lameck Vheriwa was elected Man of The Match against West Coastal Sharks and Ronald Mbirimi got the same gong for his outstanding performance against Namibian Barbarians. Kirk Barnes was named Find of the Tour.
One of the sports masters who travelled on the tour last month said the Peterhouse Boys Rugby Squad had prevailed against heavily militating odds.
“The weather conditions were very windy and the cold wind came in from the Atlantic Ocean and lashed across the field providing very difficult playing conditions. The boys started off well and kept up the pressure throughout the first half, however they relaxed a bit in the second half but managed to keep it together, enough to come away with a convincing win,’’ he said.
For the second match, “ . . .we travelled four and a half hours on Friday morning to get back to Windhoek where we were fortunate enough to play in the main game of the tournament and fight bravely to win it.’’
The tour had started off with a few hiccups, he noted, as the airline was delayed by four hours at the Harare International Airport while it also emerged that back row player Rodney Sachiti had misplaced his travel document.
“Rodney would remain behind and meet up with the team later,’’ he said.
“Overall, the rugby tour was once again a successful trip, playing great rugby and sharing many new and exciting experiences. The boys were once again exposed to a culture and life style that is different to theirs. I am sure that their eyes have been opened a little more giving them opportunities to assist them later down the line.”