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2001 Rugby Tour to Dubai

April 2001

The First XI was invited to take part in a tour of Dubai . The coach Reg Querl reports:

Our trip to Dubai was fantastic, we were invited to play in the festival there which is growing each year and next year they would like it to take the form of a tournament. This year it was eight sides. One from the Arabian Gulf, Cresent from Ireland, RGS Newcastle, Colstons from the UK, Llandovery from Wales, Rotarua from New Zealand and Boland Agricultural from South Africa.

We arrived on Saturday 14th April at about 1.00am and our first game was the following evening. We played RGS Newcastle in the first game and managed to win 39 - 7. We scored 7 tries; the first four of which were scored by the two wings. Denver Mabaudi scored 3 tries on the right wing and Bonani Mathambo scored twice on the left wing. Taona Karimanzira scored as did our very fast centre Henry Muchauraya. David Cloete only managed to convert two of the tries. The game was played in the backs at really high speed. RGS managed one goal in the game

We played Colstons Collegiate on the Wednesday. They have been and are the English schools Champions and while we lost to a better team on the night the news paper report of the game which read "The Bristol based team who led 15 - 10 at half time had to defend well in the second half before coming away with a 22 - 15 success" We scored 2 tries to their 3 but we really were pressing hard in the latter part of the game.

Our third game was against Crescent College and while the score line of 21 - 10 does not reflect a comprehensive victory, it was comprehensive as we outgunned the opposition in all areas of the game and only silly little errors and some rather pedantic refereeing resulted in the score line.

Three of our boys were honoured by being presented with a World XV jersey. The officials choose a World XV from the players on display. Our boys chosen were: Duncan Raynor, our tight head prop who is 123kgs: Denver Mabaudi our right wing and Henry Muchauraya our 10.5sec 100m centre. The trip itself was outstanding and our hosts, ex Zimbabwean folk, were wonderful.

Prince Edward Festival
Since the tour we have competed in the Prince Edward festival where we played a South African School from Krugersdorp called Noordeheuwel. We managed a narrow victory with a depleted side as 3 of our boys were competing for Zimbabwe in the Zone 6 athletics championship. The score there was 19 - 17.
We then played Milton from Bulawayo and won 60 - 6. The boys turned it on and the backs ran in some great tries.
The 3rd game was against St John's and while the game was fairly tight we managed to win 31 - 18 in the end. It was again the back line dominance that made the difference.

Prince Edward at home
The season proper started with us playing the old rivals Prince Edward at home. It was a typical Marondera day - very cold and windy down on Field 11. The team really played great rugby in the first ten minutes to score twice in that time span. The final result was 33 - 12 and we were delighted, having lost to them for the last three years. Our seniors did really well, we won from 1st to 4th and the 5ths lost by a point. The U14's also managed a clean sweep from u14A to D. The U15 only managed to win the D team game and the U16 did not record a victory.

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