Mehluli Sibanda in Esigodini
Falcon College ………………………….… (7) 14
Prince Edward ………………………..… (14) 24
THE Prince Edward Tigers recorded their first win over Falcon College after a number of years in a hard fought and action filled schools rugby fixture played in Esigodini yesterday.
PE scored three tries, the same number of conversions as well as a penalty to beat Falcon College in their own backyard.
Falcon managed just two tries which were both converted but it was a disappointing start to the schools rugby season for them. For the Shaun de Souza coached PE it was sweet revenge over a team that has dominated them home and away over the years.
PE had the upper hand from the start with their scrumhalf, Michael Mhute going over in the fourth minute from a quickly taken penalty. Flyhalf Tinashe Hombiro added the extra two points with a successful conversion kick.
Falcon College skipper Cleopas Kundiona brought his side back into the match when he powered his way over the line, Nqobisile Ncube booting over the conversion for the scores to be level at 7-7. PE had the lead again in the 21st minute, wing Andriss Georges intercepting a pass from near the halfway line to sprint through and score his team’s second try of the match.
Hombiro made sure with the conversion in front of the posts for the Tigers to lead 14-7 heading into half-time.
Eleven minutes into the second half, PE had their third try, loose forward Nathan Siyawamwaya going past the Falcon College defence to plant the ball over the line near the posts. Hombiro’s boots were again up to the task with the conversion successful.
Falcon College had their second try 16 minutes into the second half, flank Jack Charsley the scorer from a quickly taken penalty, Ncube booting the conversion in between the posts to reduce the deficit. Just as the home side looked to mount a comeback, they were temporarily reduced to 14 men, lock Davin King sent to the Sin Bin by referee Shemeah Mushiribindi for back chatting at the match official.
PE killed the game as a contest when Hombiro booted in a penalty for what in the end was a well deserved victory for the Tigers.Next up for the PE Tigers is a trip to Marondera to face the Peterhouse Kings while Falcon College clash with Christian Brothers College in Bulawayo.
In other high profile schools rugby fixtures played yesterday, Churchill defeated Peterhouse 31-12, Saint John’s College beat Kyle 31-14, St George’s College hammered CBC 65-15 while Watershed were 19-15 victorious over Heritage.