Chee­tahs dis­ap­point in Dubai

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THE Zim­babwe na­tional sev­ens rugby team, the Chee­tahs had a dis­ap­point­ing show at the World Rugby HSBC Sev­ens Se­ries Dubai leg in the United Arab Emi­rates where they lost all the five matches they played.

Zim­babwe lost their group matches to South Africa, Ar­gentina and Samoa last Fri­day to fin­ish bot­tom of the pool with three points. Yes­ter­day, the Gil­bert Nya­mut­samba-coached Chee­tahs were beaten 38-5 by Canada be­fore they lost 14-10 against Wales. It was never go­ing to be easy for the Stephan Hun­duza-led Chee­tahs who were the only non-core team at the tour­na­ment. While they were blown away by South Africa and Canada, the Chee­tahs were beaten by small mar­gins in their other matches. In most of the en­coun­ters, they ac­tu­ally had the lead, com­ing close to win­ning be­fore giv­ing the game away in the dy­ing mo­ments. Speed­ster Tafadzwa Chi­tok­windo was in top form at the Dubai Sev­ens as he fin­ished the tour­na­ment with four tries.

Nya­mut­samba said as ex­pected the Dubai Sev­ens proved to be a tough out­ing for the Chee­tahs who how­ever, gained a lot from the tour­na­ment, which they will take go­ing for­ward.

“Tough tour­na­ment as ex­pected, lots of pos­i­tives to con­tinue on and a lot of lessons learnt,’’ Nya­mut­samba said.

From Dubai, the Chee­tahs now shift fo­cus to the Cape Town leg of the World Rugby HSBC Sev­ens Se­ries to be played at the Cape Town Sta­dium on 8 and 9 De­cem­ber.

— @Mdaw­ini_29

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