Junior Sables take Barthes first win

Written by on April 22, 2024

Chenai Museta


Zimbabwe’s Under-20 rugby team, the Junior Sables, began their title defense in the Barthes Trophy tournament with an impressive performance against Tunisia at the Harare Sports Club. Despite not being at their best, the Junior Sables outplayed their opponents, securing a convincing victory.

The Zimbabwean side showcased their class and dominance throughout the match, scoring six impressive tries. South Africa-based center Edward Sigauke led the charge with a brace of tries, while Shammah Jackson, Allan Mawunga, Emmanuel Magutakuona, and Tatenda Runyowa also contributed to the try tally.

Captain Benoni Nhekairo played a crucial role, accumulating 16 points from two penalties and five successful conversions. Tunisia initially took the lead with a penalty converted by flyhalf Mohamed Missaoui, but Zimbabwe quickly turned the game around in their favor.

Despite facing travel challenges due to weather-induced flight delays, the Tunisian team displayed resilience and fought hard throughout the match.

The victory marks a positive start to Zimbabwe’s campaign in the Barthes Trophy tournament as they aim to defend their title. Young Sables faces Namibia on their next game on Wednesday.

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