Young Sables go down hopeful

rugbyHARARE - Zimbabwes U-20 rugby team finished a disappointing eighth place at the recent 2011 IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy in Georgia, which will see them through the qualifying rounds of the 2012 edition next year.

Last year the Young Sables finished seventh at the showdown with a dream of making it in the top four of the eight team tourney this year. Making the tail of the pack was never in Coach Godwin Murambiwas mind.

We could have won the game and overall, our performance was very good. Until the last moment, we had a chance to win, but unfortunately we let this chance fly away, he said of their last 29-30 loss to United States.

He is however looking on the brighter side of it all, telling The Zimbabwean it was great international exposure for the youngsters, who were in need of the vital experience.

It was a great experience for the players. Playing at such competitive stage is something that is very important in the development of their game at this level. The majority of them are 18 years old and it means they will make up the team for next year and their experience this year will help them know what to expect at international level next year. While it was great for us to be part of the top four, it is good that we proved a competitive side in all our outings, he said.

Zimbabwe, the only African representative in this years showpiece, finished their unfruitful campaign without a win. They lost all their Group B fixtures against Canada, Japan and the host before failing to avoid the last place against United States.

Samoa was the eventual winner of the tournament after beating Japan 31-24 in the final to earn a place at the 2012 Junior World Championships.

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