Cheetahs to showcase potential

THE IRB World Sevens Series ups tempo in the second-leg in George, South Africa, this morning with Zimbabwe making a return to the tournament after missing out last year.



s-serif”>The Cheetahs are in Pool C with Tunisia, South Africa and France. All teams will play against each other in pool matches this afternoon.


Liam Middleton, the Cheetahs coach, faces a pleasant dilemma in picking his starting line-up for the first match against Tunisia. All 12 players who travelled to George looked fit and quick in training before their departure for South Africa this week. Favourites for the three front-row forward positions are captain John Ewing, who plays prop in sevens, lanky forward Fortune Chipendo, Slater Ndlovu, and the manoeuvring Jacques Leitao.


South African-based Neil Nortje has made the scrumhalf position his own this year, and playing alongside him, as playmaker, will be a choice between the stamina of Nortje’s Golden Lions teammate Grant Mitchell, and the good hands of young Harare Sports Club three-quarter Willis Magasa. UK-based centre Daniel Hondo, is the key man for Zimbabwe. The Cheetahs success depends on how Hondo uses his strength, pace and tackling abilities in midfield.


National XI wings Tangai Nemadire and Emmanuel Munyoro, will fight it out for the Cheetahs’ gasman (wing) position.