After another successful and exciting year for rugby the curtain should come down in thrilling fashion with the domestic champions’ crowning ceremony as Harare Sports Club and Matabeleland Warriors collide in a final.
Report By Daniel Nhakaniso
Agonisingly close for the last two consecutive seasons, Harare Sports Club have vowed to end their nearly-men tag when they clash with Matabeleland Warriors in the Lion Lager National Rugby League at home tomorrow.
Sports Club have dominated the preliminary stages of the league for the past two seasons only to lose to rivals Old Georgians in the last two finals, both decided after extra time.
Capitulation at the final hurdle even in matches they were tipped to win have earned Harare Sports Club, the chokers tag.
However captain Danny Hondo, one of the most experienced members of Sports Club, told Independent Sport they were determined to bring their luckless run in finals to an end.
“I think we deserved to win the last two finals but we were just unlucky,” said Hondo. “We have learnt from our mistakes in the past and I’m confident we will cross the finishing line this season. We know we have a very strong side capable of beating any team in the country and our results before the semi finals proved that beyond any reasonable doubt. It will just be a matter of pitching up on the day and making sure that we get the result.”
While Harare Sports Club finished with a near-perfect record during the round robin phase of the league their only defeat of the season came from Matabeleland Warriors.
The Bulawayo giants got the better of their much fancied opponents 29-28 in a tightly contested encounter at Hartsfield towards the end of the Round Robin phase, having earlier in the season lost 42-25 at Harare Sports Club.