Sables suf­fer an­other loss

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Mehluli Sibanda Se­nior Sports Re­porter

ZIM­BABWE suf­fered their se­cond de­feat in the Re­gal Ho­tels Cup of Na­tions com­pe­ti­tion when they lost 11-34 to host na­tion Hong Kong at King Park Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

The loss means the Sables are out of con­tention in the four-na­tion tour­na­ment as they only have one more fix­ture re­main­ing against Pa­pua New Guinea on Satur­day.

Hong Kong led 17-3 head­ing into the half­time break, with the home side scor­ing two con­verted tries and a penalty goal, while the Sables man­aged a penalty booted in by fly­half Le­nience Tamb­w­era.

In the se­cond half, Hong Kong scored a fur­ther 17 points, while Zim­babwe could only man­age eight points, an un­con­verted try by re­place­ment back­line player Bradley Ellse and a penalty goal kicked in by Tamb­w­era.

Yes­ter­day’s de­feat means Cyprian Man­denge’s Sables have now lost nine matches in a row, a los­ing streak that started last year when they were clob­bered 6-80 by Namibia in an Africa Cup Di­vi­sion 1A fix­ture staged in Wind­hoek. Sables team against Hong Kong Den­ford Mu­ta­man­gira (cap­tain), Tol­er­ance Zishe, Lawrence Clemin­son, Wit­ness Man­dizha, Michael Pass­portis, Bise­lele Tshamala, Con­nor Pritchard, An­drew Rose, Kuzi­wak­washe Kazembe, Le­nience Tamb­w­era, Stephan Hun­duza, Ri­aan O’Neil, Kudzai Mashawi, Tafadzwa Chi­tok­windo, Lungile Tshuma

Re­serves: Matthew Man­dioma, Irvine Nduwa, Brian Maka­mure, Tap­fuma Parireny­atwa, Os­borne Muhambi, Ticha­fara Mak­wanya, Bradley Ellse, Gavin Nyawata

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