As odd as a rugby ball

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - SPORT -


“That (in­jury) was in­deed a real low point in my life,” says Wal­ters. “I suf­fered a groin in­jury back in 2015 which, un­for­tu­nately, I carried into parts of 2016 largely due to it be­ing mis­di­ag­nosed as just a strain.

“I re­ceived a lot of strange re­sponses from the doc­tors as they were not sure what was wrong with my mus­cles. At first they thought I had just strained my groin and I did a few re­hab stints all the while oc­ca­sion­ally play­ing through the pain,” he said. When the cor­rect di­ag­no­sis came, it was dis­cov­ered Wal­ters had os­teitis pu­bis, an in­flam­ma­tion of the pu­bic sym­ph­ysis and sur­round­ing mus­cle in­ser­tions.

“It was a long wind­ing road, try­ing to get those mus­cles mov­ing again,” says the for­mer Ku­ranui Col­lege pupil.

“Very frus­trat­ing is all I can say, about that time, as I found it hard to even watch rugby, es­pe­cially when my team played. It’s over now; I’m back now and al­ready play­ing.”

The time spent on the side­lines may have been a bless­ing in dis­guise, rein­vig­o­rat­ing his love for life and ad­ven­ture. It is that sense of ad­ven­ture that put him di­rectly on the path to­wards OGs.

“I am a very ad­ven­tur­ous per­son, and when the chance to come play a lit­tle rugby here in Zimbabwe availed it­self, I im­me­di­ately jumped on it. This is my first time vis­it­ing Africa.

“I’m very good friends with (Zimbabwe rugby player) Keith Mur­ray from his days in Wellington and it was him who told me about the club.

“From what he told me about the club’s rich his­tory and as­pi­ra­tions, I was im­me­di­ately sold on com­ing here and play­ing.”

Wal­ters been in Zimbabwe for just over a week and hopes to use the Dubai In­vi­ta­tional next month as a spring­board into the lime­light - and on that he and OGs have a sim­i­lar goal. turn to draw his edge, which Me­hidy caught very well at slip.

Masakadza ear­lier had struck three fours and two sixes in scor­ing 52 in the first ses­sion.

But there was trou­ble at the other end as Brian Chari was bowled slogged Tai­jul across the line, while Tai­jul then re­moved Bren­dan Tay­lor.

Wil­liams and Sikan­dar Raza added 44 for the fourth wicket, be­fore Naz­mul picked up his maiden Test wicket, clean-bowl­ing Raza through bat and pad for 19.

Wil­liams and Moor made a slow start there­after but as their con­fi­dence grew, the Bangladesh spin­ners found it hard to beat their bat for 29 overs.

Tai­jul fin­ished with two wick­ets, hav­ing bowled 27 overs.

Me­hidy was tidy, not giv­ing away too many runs, while Jayed and Naz­mul took one wicket each with­out of­fer­ing too much of a spark. — cricinfo

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