Sevens rumble on

By Enock Muchinjo

HARARE Sports Club are hot favourites to scoop their second Summer Sevens Series at Old Hararians Sports Club tomorrow.



serif”>Last week, the defending sevens champions won the first series at Harare Sports Club, beating arch rivals Old Hararians 10-7 in the final.


Although the final against OH was a tightly contested affair, HSC had to summon their sevens prowess, which saw them win three of last season’s four northern region tournaments. To reach the final, HSC accounted for Mashonaland Country Districts in the semi-final while OH dismissed University in the other semi-final.


In an anti-climatic turn of events, 15’s dominant glamour club Old Hararians only managed to field one side, almost justifying fears that their players are not young enough for the quick sevens rugby. However, speed merchant Tonderai Mapunde showed why he is the most promising wing in the country with an inspired performance that almost put him on the books of national sevens coach John Ewing.


Twelve clubs took part in the in the first series last Saturday, with Mutare’s Africa University being the only side from outside Harare.


Meanwhile, the Southern Region first series is set to be played tomorrow at Bulawayo’s Hartsfield ground after logistical problems delayed the first series last week.


The domestic competitions will culminate in the selection of a national sevens side to take part in the first and second rounds of the World Sevens Series in Dubai and Georgia in December. The early rounds of the World Series are by invitation, but teams which do well progress to the next stages until a world sevens series – different from the sevens World Cup – champion is crowned.