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Cheetahs impress

THE Zimbabwe sevens rugby side arrived at Hartpury College in the United Kingdom last Sunday hoping that their second camping tour to the college will help bring back local sevens rugby on the world map.

e=”Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>The Cheetahs were camping at Hartpury en route to the Heineken Sevens tournament in Amsterdam and the Benidorm Sevens in Spain. The Zimbabwean side left the UK last Friday for the Dutch capital, where their performances showed vast improvement and great prospects for the future.

In their first pool match on Sunday, the Cheetahs accounted for last year’s tournament winners, Corso Marauders, who they beat 31-21.

The win qualified the Zimbabweans to the quarterfinals, where they fell 14-26 to Backstabbers. But for their efforts, Zimbabwe was placed in the Silver Pier play-offs, rampaging 40-0 against Moldova Technical University.

Zimbabwe travelled with a squad of 12 players, with six of them having toured last year. The rest of the players were drawn from the new Zimbabwe rugby sevens Academy run by the Cheetahs manager, Bruce Hobson.

On arrival in the UK earlier, the team was welcome by Liam Middleton, a Zimbabwean who works at Hartpury, and also coaches the British Combined Universities team. Middeleton was delighted by his fellow countrymen’s second tour in a roll.

Middleton is the Cheetah’s technical coach, while former Zimbabwe 15s centre John Ewing is player/coach. Matabeleland Busters’ Gilbert Nyamutsamba assists him. — Staff Writer.

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